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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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.
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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: 1.122

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
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
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