RE: [civilwarwest] Plagiarism again
I think that having already bought the book, the authors have already gotten the royalty from our sale. I guess we could throw out the book in a hollow protest but I don’t think that would really accomplish anything. We could notify the publisher and tell them that in the future we will carefully consider whether we buy any more of their books if they don’t do a better job of verifying the authors source. I think that we could also let the author know how we feel and how we won’t be buying any future books written the him/her.
From: Harry Smeltzer [mailto:hjs21@...]
Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 2004 9:36 AM
To: firstname.lastname@example.org; Civil War Western Theater
Subject: [civilwarwest] Plagiarism again
Here’s a link to an article on plagiarism I think many in the group may find interesting. It is an older article form 2003:
As this article details plagiarism charges against Allan Nevins and also mentions McDonough among many others, I think it can be considered on topic.
I found the article an eye-opener. It does raise the issue – in the face of these charges and even proofs of plagiarism, what is our obligation (if any) as consumers of these “tainted” works? Should I throw away “Ordeal of the Union”, “The Emergence of Lincoln” and “War for the Union”? It would clear up some shelf space for me.