8145Re: Review of "Triumph Over Adversity"
- Oct 1, 2001--- In civilwarwest@y..., LWhite64@a... wrote:
> Folks,wasnt Mr.
> Just to chime in on this briefly, David Long worked here at
> Chickamauga as a seasonal last summer, so if this is him, then it
> Rose as some have said. Mr. Long was quite anti Grant as well.I'd like to make a few points.
Mr. Long's character or bias need not be a topic of conversation here
(especially as he is not present to defend himself). Two other
posters, including the original poster, brought those topics up, and
only then did I feel compelled to respond. Does Mr. Long have an axe
to grind? Is his purposeful misrepresentation of my book the act of
a gentleman? That's up to each of you to decide.
Mr. Long's review questioned my integrity, much as Mr. Rose has
questioned my integrity. I hope that in the past and in the flurry
aroused by this discussion that we now understand whose integrity is
properly at issue. Had Mr. Rose wanted to survey the scholarly
reception to my book, he might have pointed to reviews by James
McPherson, Peter Parish, and Robert Remini to set Mr. Long's review
in context. I've already pointed to a section of Mr. Long's review
that should raise questions about his scholarship.
Finally, I thought that whatever the merits of previous exchanges, a
good number of members of this newsgroup have tired of this
discussion. I post only because I have come under criticism yet
again from a familiar source, and I do have the right of self-defense
(and if I don't, the moderators can remove me immediately). If that
leads to a new chorus of "a plague on both your houses," I'll simply
submit that I can't wait until you come under attack here; let's see
how you respond. Mr. Rose has taken his road show elsewhere on the
net, repeating the same sort of things debated to death here as if
nothing has changed his mind in the slightest; other people have
notified me that he nags them with posts and messages. Thus it seems
useless to debate him except insofar as it might be important not to
allow his assertions, when mistaken or flawed, to go unchallenged;
we've seen how that process degenerates. I look forward to his
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