Art Raquel Jaramillo
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of the Bomb: The
Tangled Lives and Loyalties of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence,
and Edward Teller (Henry
Holt and Co. 2002)
It has often been
said that “imitation is the sincerest form
of flattery.” If so, other authors have indirectly paid tribute
to Brotherhood of the Bomb by imitating—or, in some cases,
virtually copying—my words in their books and presenting them
as their own.
The most egregious example of this was Brian Vandemark’s Pandora’s
Keepers: Nine Men and the Atomic Bomb (Little, Brown, 2003) Vandemark, a professor
of history at the U.S. Naval Academy, plagiarized not only Brotherhood of the
Bomb but also several other authors. For this offense, Vandemark was stripped
of tenure and Pandora’s Keepers was recalled by its publisher. (See “Scholar’s
Tenure Pulled for Plagiarism,” Washington Post, October 29, 2003.)
A more recent, and less blatant, example of copying and close paraphrasing is
BBC journalist Peter Goodchild’s recent biography, Edward Teller: The Real
Dr. Strangelove (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004).
Click here to view tributes.doc (Microsoft Word)
In tributes.doc there are several examples where Goodchild closely paraphrased
from Brotherhood of the Bomb [my text is in italics] Goodchild has promised
proper attribution in the American edition of his book, to be published by Harvard
University Press in September 2004.