Historians in Trouble: Plagiarism, Fraud, and Politics in the Ivory Tower

Historians in Trouble: Plagiarism, Fraud, and Politics in the Ivory Tower

by Jon Wiener
     
 

Available for the first time in paperback after being widely reviewed and discussed upon its hardcover publication, Historians in Trouble is investigative journalist and historian Jon Wiener’s “incisive and entertaining” (New Statesman) account of several of the most notorious history scandals of the last few years.

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Available for the first time in paperback after being widely reviewed and discussed upon its hardcover publication, Historians in Trouble is investigative journalist and historian Jon Wiener’s “incisive and entertaining” (New Statesman) account of several of the most notorious history scandals of the last few years.

Focusing on a dozen key controversies ranging across the political spectrum and representing a wide array of charges, Wiener seeks to understand why some cases make the headlines and end careers, while others do not. He looks at the well publicized cases of Michael Bellesiles, the historian of gun culture accused of research fraud; accused plagiarists and “celebrity historians” Stephen Ambrose and Doris Kearns Goodwin; Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph J. Ellis, who lied in his classroom at Mount Holyoke about having fought in Vietnam; and the allegations of misconduct by Harvard’s Stephan Thernstrom and Emory’s Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, who nevertheless were appointed by George W. Bush to the National Council on the Humanities.

As the Bancroft Prize–winning historian Linda Gordon wrote in Dissent, Wiener’s “very readable book . . . reveal[s] not only scholarly misdeeds but also recent increases in threats to free debate and intellectual integrity.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595581594
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
04/02/2007
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : historians in trouble1
IPresidential nominees11
1Feminism and harassment : Elizabeth Fox-Genovese goes to court13
2The Alger Hiss case, the archives, and Allen Weinstein31
3Facing black students at Harvard : Stephan Thernstrom takes a stand58
IITargeted by the right71
4Arming America and "academic fraud"73
5David Abraham and the Nazis94
6Mike Davis and power in Los Angeles106
IIIMisconduct without media spectacle117
7The Denmark Vesey "trial record" : a new verdict119
8John Lott, gun rights, and research fraud136
IVOther media spectacles149
9The "porn professor" : Dino Cinel sexual abuse, and the Catholic Church151
10Lying to students about Vietnam : the mythic past of Joseph Ellis168
11The plagiarists : Doris Kearns Goodwin and Stephen Ambrose182
Update : the Allen Weinstein nomination215

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