Clayton Cramer's book reviewed
Clayton Cramer's new book, Armed America, gets a favorable review in the Washington Times. Clayton is the fellow who brought down Michael Bellesiles' book Arming America, which had claimed that guns were much rarer and less important in pre-Civil War American than had been thought. Clayton started checking out Bellesile's sources and found that time after time they either didn't say what he said they did, or often said absolutely nothing about firearms. He used a webpage to point out the deceptions, with images of the documents Bellesiles had mis-cited.
For months the professional historian community shrugged it off, but finally began to take notice, and found more problems, and big ones -- including a claim to have researched probate records that had in fact been destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake and fires, a century before. Eventually the publisher withdrew the book from publication, Bellesiles resigned his professorship, and a prestigious prize awarded him was revoked.