Hubris and Envy


Robert Zaretzky with some historical perspective on the Lehrer affair:

His book, haild by the critics, presents itself as a guide to human nature; it claims scientific rigor, yet is written for the non-specialist. And then, it is discovered that when he is not recycling old material, the author has simply invented new material, fobbed it off as true and put it in the mouths of the people he is writing about.

As far as I know, however, Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War has not been pulled from the shelves of my local bookstore.

Read the whole thing.