A statement in response to the stories…

A statement in response to the stories that have appeared regarding my 2005 work Reagan’s Revolution and the soon-to-be-released book The Invisible Bridge

Upon receiving a copy of the new book The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, that author Rick Perlstein asked me to review, I immediately noticed startling similarities to my book Reagan’s Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign that Started It All. The similarities were not just in historical facts – after all, both works cover the same historical figure and period. Rather, the similarities were in wording, phrasing and expression—nearly fifty in all, according to our initial review of the work.

When I looked to see if Mr. Perlstein credited his many uses of Reagan’s Revolution, I found that the body of The Invisible Bridge does not credit Reagan’s Revolution at any point, and there are no footnotes, end notes, bibliography or other common form of citation in his book. Instead, buried on page 810, Mr. Perlstein directs readers to access his personal website where, after several clicks, they can uncover “A Note on Sources” for The Invisible Bridge. There, Mr. Perlstein credits some—but not all—of his uses of Reagan’s Revolution.

In some instances, Mr. Perlstein lifted words and phrases straight from Reagan’s Revolution into The Invisible Bridge. In each such instance, Mr. Perlstein changed a word or two, or perhaps a tense—but failed to do so in a way and to an extent sufficient to transform my original expression into his own. In Reagan’s Revolution, for instance, I wrote Kansas City’s “red light district was festooned with red, white, and blue bunting, as dancing elephants were placed in the windows of several smut peddlers.” In The Invisible Bridge, Mr. Perlstein wrote Kansas City’s “anemic red light district was festooned with red, white and blue bunting, several of the smut peddlers featured dancers in elephant costumes in their windows.”