Past Imperfect Facts, Fictions, Fraud-American History from Bancroft and Parkman to Ambrose, Bellesiles, Ellis, and Goodwin

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ISBN-13: 9781586484453
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 7/3/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

For many years, those who wrote and taught the narrative of American history promoted an idea of America as the land of the free and home of the brave. Later, a new history emerged, written in part by radicals and liberals who had little use for the noble and heroic. By the 1990s, history was a minefield of competing passions, political views, and prejudices. And at the end of the decade, four of the nation's most respected historians-Michael Bellesiles, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Stephen Ambrose, and Joseph Ellis-were almost destroyed by it. Now with a new chapter and a revised conclusion, Past Imperfect is a fascinating look at the challenges of historical interpretation, the issue of plagiarism, and history as a profession. Book jacket.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Two-Faced History
Facts and Fictions
The Rise of Consensus History
Professions of History
The New History and Its Promoters
In the Eye of the Storm
Fraud
Falsification: The Case of Michael Bellesiles
Plagiarism: The Cases of Stephen Ambrose and Doris Kearns Goodwin
Fabrication: The Case of Joseph Ellis
History as "Fair Game"
Conclusion: The Future of the Past
Notes
Index

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