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Friday, November 12, 2010

Another Plagiarism Case: Bush

It turns out there is yet another plagiarist: former president Bush:

Crown [Bush's publisher] also got a mash-up of worn-out anecdotes from previously published memoirs written by his subordinates, from which Bush lifts quotes word for word, passing them off as his own recollections. He took equal license in lifting from nonfiction books about his presidency or newspaper or magazine articles from the time. Far from shedding light on how the president approached the crucial "decision points" of his presidency, the clip jobs illuminate something shallower and less surprising about Bush's character: He's too lazy to write his own memoir.

1 comment:

Thomas said...

I think we all expected it to be largely ghost written. But I really did think they would get a competent (i.e., expensive) writer to do it. The shoddiness here is really weird. Hell! I would have taken the job. Seriously. And I would have made very sure I had made up up every word of W.'s recollections.