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It seems that not everyone likes those tough-minded ‘Military History’ reviews

Remember last month I said how much I like the no-holds-barred reviews in The Journal of Military History? Well, it turns out that not everyone agrees — especially some of those getting reviewed.

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Remember last month I said how much I like the no-holds-barred reviews in the Journal of Military History? Well, it turns out that not everyone agrees — especially some of those getting reviewed.

In the October issue, Edward Erickson takes some exception to two reviews of his book on how the Ottomans carried out the Armenian genocide

“Imagine my shock when I found myself libeled as an apologist for the Armenian genocide,” he begins.

One reviewer, he adds, “misses the point of my argument.” He found the review contained “condescending and virulent ad hominem attacks.” He calls this “personal mud-slinging.” He ends where he begins, alleging that he is a victim of “libel and defamation.”

He sounds pissed.

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Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com.

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