Historian Orlando Figes admits posting Amazon reviews that trashed rivals | Books | The Guardian

Historian Orlando Figes admits posting Amazon reviews that trashed rivals | Books | The Guardian: “Rival historian Robert Service, whose work on the history of communism Figes described as ‘awful’ in the Amazon posts, said he and his wife had been through hell. ‘I am pleased and mightily relieved that this contaminant slime has been exposed to the light and begun to be scrubbed clean,’ said Service, who is professor of Russian history at St Antony’s College Oxford. ‘I have been made acutely aware that a solitary malpractitioner, if he has an abundance of money and malice, can intimidate all and sundry – and that includes both scholars and journalists.'”

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