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Overall I enjoyed this book quite a bit.
Hoffer gives the reader a good, strong understanding of the different schools of historiography (i.e. consensus history, neo-consensus, and "new" history).
One or two instances of plagiarism would arguably constitute "inadvertent" and "infrequent" copying; dozens of cases reveal a deliberate pattern.
Well written but too tidy and too short. Would like to have seen more details about early 20th century viewpoints.Published 9 months ago by Sean Patrick Innocent Dineen
A decent book, though it is sort of lopsided against the old school. Read more
Past Imperfect is a remarkable book. It contains both an extensive commentary on recent instances of fabrication, plagiarism, and falsification by professional historians and a... Read morePublished on June 1, 2009 by Crazy Horse
This should have been 2 books: pages 1-139 and the rest. The descriptions of the misdeeds of the four malefactors, Bellesiles, Ambrose, Goodwin, and Ellis, don't come in detail... Read morePublished on April 17, 2009 by Dick Marti
I would only recommend this book to people who a really interested in not just history, but the profession of historian. Read morePublished on September 26, 2005 by Dan
Great transaction - the book was in excellent shape and sent in a timely manner. Seller is highly recommended!Published on September 5, 2005 by CrazyGradStudent
Regarding the Bellesiles affair: The Yale Law Review, The William and Mary Quarterly, Columbia University and countless other reputable sources have destroyed Bellesiles' claims. Read morePublished on April 20, 2005 by Harkin Banks
A professor of historical writing at the University of Georgia at Athens, the author of several books of academic history, wrote this book for non-historians. Read morePublished on March 23, 2005 by Betty Burks
Peter Chalers Hoffer announces in the preface that he will spend the second half of his book discussing the misconduct of four renowned historians (Michael Bellesiles, Joseph... Read morePublished on November 30, 2004 by Anonymous