Re-Assassination of Trotsky

Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed, Jul 08, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Not exactly ed tech, but Inside Higher Ed reaches a new high with its coverage of a recent review of Robert Service's book on Leon Trotsky. The reviewer, Bertrand M. Patenaude, says of Trotsky: A Life, that it "commits numerous distortions of the historical record and outright errors of fact to the point that the intellectual integrity of the whole enterprise is open to question" and that its publisher, Harvard University press, "has placed its imprimatur upon a book that fails to meet the basic standards of historical scholarship." Scott McLemee quite rightly asks, without harping on the point, how the academic review process could let such a cavalcade of errors proceed to print, much less achieve glowing reviews from numerous sources.
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