Have any of you been following this story? Stephen Ambrose -- author of "Band of Brothers," "The Wild Blue," "Undaunted Courage," and about 20 other books -- has been caught plagiarizing entire passages from other historians. The evidence is so convincing I have deliberately used the word "caught" instead of "accused." Here's one example, quoted at Salon.com: --- In "Citizen Soldiers," Ambrose writes: "Men from the 3rd Battalion draped the body with the Stars and Stripes and hoisted it on top of a huge pile of stones that once had been a wall in the Saint Croix Church, a block from the cemetery. Howie's body remained on display through the next day, July 19. GIs and some of the few civilians remaining in the town adorned the site with flowers." Balkoski's version: "The next morning, the 29ers draped the body with the Stars and Stripes and hoisted it on top of a huge pile of stones that once had been a wall of Sainte Croix Church, one block west of the cemetery. The body remained on display throughout July 19. The 29ers and some of the few civilians remaining in the city adorned the site with flowers." --- I think it's worth noting that Balkoski not only wrote it first, but he also wrote it better. Paligiarism is one of the few unpardonable sins for academics. As America's leading (or at least our most public) historian, Ambrose will surely see his reputation suffer greatly. I wonder if he'll even be asked to give up his professorship. By the way, he is not denying it. In fact, he has apologized. One of the many articles covering the story: http://www.salon.com/books/wire/2002...ism/index.html What do you think?