Booking Our Shame ...
"Grapevine" doesn't mention the other book scheduled for publication in October and it is actually already on sale. It is Ron Robin's Scandals and Scoundrels: Seven Cases That Shook the Academy (University of California Press, 2004). An American historian at the University of Haifa, Robin has previously published at the intersections of twentieth century intellectual, political, and military history. His book overlaps with Hoffer's in treating the Ambrose, Bellesiles, and Ellis cases, but otherwise he spreads his net differently. They meet Derek Freeman's attack on Margaret Mead's work, Napoleon Chagnon's fantasy"Stone Age People," and Rigoberta Menchu's fictional account of the Maya holocaust. Robin sees academic disciplines losing their jurisdiction over professional standards to a popular media that prefers scandal mongering and law suits. Why would customers who viewed Robin's book at Amazon also be likely to view Jenna Jamison's and Neil Strauss's How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: A Cautionary Tale (Regan Books, 2004)? The honor wasn't reciprocated.
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