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Veterans insulted by plagiarism

The recent spate of articles regarding literary prize-winning historians who have “fallen from grace” omits Joseph J. Ellis. This particular omission is astoundingly shocking.

If you recall, Mr. Ellis, the Mount Holyoke College history department chairman and Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, fabricated a “personal” Vietnam War combat veteran history that he utilized for many years in teaching college students in his popular courses on Vietnam and the war, although he was never there. Is this not plagiarism or intellectual dishonesty also? The stealing of ideas and personal situations experienced by others, especially those of combat veterans who died or were wounded in the most tragic and sad event in contemporaneous American history. Mr. Ellis has earned and merits inclusion in the “historians fallen from grace” award list. Perhaps this omission represents editorial oversight that deserves accurate review.

M. Andre

Grass Valley

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