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Prominent Reagan Biographer Accuses Another of Plagiarism

11:50 AM, Aug 3, 2014 • By FRED BARNES
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The Invisible Bridge is Perlstein’s third in a series. His first covered the 1964 presidential race when Barry Goldwater of the Republican candidate. The second was entitled “Nixonland.” His new book is scheduled for public release this week.

In the letter to Simon & Schuster, Shirley asked that all current copies of The Invisible Bridge be destroyed, that an apology from Simon & Schuster be run as an ad in several magazines and newspaper, and that Shirley be rewarded $25 million in damages.

McNamara, Simon & Schuster’s lawyer, said Shirley lacks a “colorable copyright claim.” Perlstein “has not only fully credited Mr. Shirley as a source of certain facts or quotes he uses, but he has given readers an opportunity to engage directly with Mr. Shirley’s work and to purchase it [online].”

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