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August 2002

Historian asks a group of

Historian asks a group of other historians whether recent controversies concerning Joseph Ellis, Stephen Ambrose, Doris Kearns Goodwin, and Michael Bellesiles are a problem. If so, how serious? If so, what should be done? Historian finds, to his surprise, that political orientation does not correlate with answers; generation does. Older historians say basically, "no problem." Younger historians are more concerned. Here is the historian's priceless comment: "I liked the flair and candor of a young Ivy League historian's first point: Historians should not tell 'big, whopping lies.'" Spread the word.