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Brotherhood of the Bomb:
The Tangled Lives and Loyalties of Robert Oppenheimer, Ernest Lawrence, and Edward Teller (Henry Holt and Co. 2002)

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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).

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In tributes.doc there are several examples where Goodchild closely paraphrased passages 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.