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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Releasing Old Nonfiction Books When Facts Have Changed - NYTimes.com

Releasing Old Nonfiction Books When Facts Have Changed - NYTimes.com:

 "Journalism is meant to be the first draft of history, and newspaper articles fit that mold nicely, fading into the archives. But books are not so neat."

But, it would seem to me that both journalism and books, which, one might argue are a third or fourth draft of history, have an obligation to the "truth" or at least a set of verifiable facts. I suggest the publishers really need to make an effort to revise an earlier book's material based on new evidence and not to do so is merely succumbing to monetary gain at the expense of accuracy.

To suggest that Rosenthal would have thought otherwise is specious and self-serving.

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