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© Mr. Fish

Apparently, a significant number of Bush’s “original” recollections found in his new memoir were plagiarized — often word for word — from other people’s books and articles.

UPDATE: I also feel this way about seeing Bush on TV again.



  1. Jason Ray wrote:

    I can only quote Tom Lehrer here: “Plagiarize; let no one else’s work evade your eyes, don’t forget why the good Lord made your eyes, don’t shade your eyes, but plagiarize plagiarize plagiarize – only remember to always call it, please, RESEARCH”

    Bush had to plagiarize to write his “memoirs”, since he wasn’t paying enough attention at the time to actually remember what happened.

    Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Permalink
  2. Don wrote:

    I’m sorry, but this isn’t really a big surprise – that is, that some of the passages in George’s book are plagiarized. First off, I doubt that GW did a whole lot of the writing himself. That’s not an allusion to his intellectual competence, but rather a reference to how books are written these days.

    I’d guess there were a legion of researchers and ghost writers. I’m also pretty sure that they were reading the writings of his former staffers looking for gems and, just as the case with some notable history writers in the past few years, quotes were simply interpreted as notes and made it into print in the confusion of so many hands being involved in writing a book of fictional history.

    Although this should be embarrassing, I think GW probably has a lot more things in that book to answer for.

    Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Permalink