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Webb Plagiarism Update

Robert Harris, the author of The Plagiarism Handbook, has reviewed the Webb novel and the Bergamini book that I discussed yesterday and writes in: “A review of the excerpts clearly reveals that The Emperor’s General contains a number of instances of significant plagiarism from Japan’s Imperial Conspiracy. Even if the plagiarism was unintentional and merely the result of sloppy writing practice, the extended passages of verbatim and near verbatim copying reveal such a substantial reliance on Mr. Bergamini’s book that it should have been acknowledged, even in a novel and even if the passages had been paraphrased.”

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.