Old historians never lie, they merely footnote away: Amid even more accusations he may have a pattern of pushing the envelop on borrowing from previously published work, Stephen Ambrose admits in today’s New York Times
that he power-lifts material from other authors (free registration required). He says he maybe borrowed a wee-too-much in
Wild Blue, but promises to do better next time. In his teaching days, would he have been so charitable with students?
Mr. Ambrose said he and his son were hard at work on his next book. This time, “I am sure going to put quotes around anything that comes out of a secondary work, always,” he said.
Before it becomes a controversy, I’d like to admit that everything I have ever written I borrowed from someone else.