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Is This Plagiarism?

I know. Thanks to Rand Paul, plagiarism is the talk of the town these days.

But I came across a recent book review of Michael Lewis' “Moneyball” on the 10th anniversary of its publication, in which the reviewer wrote the following about the effect “Moneyball” had on the money aspect of Major League Baseball:

[Lewis’] best-seller stabilized the market inefficiencies Billy Beane had been exploiting. It was as if Lewis had shown David's playbook to Goliath. When the two returned to the field, Goliath had a slingshot of his own.

Compare with pg. 143 of Lewis' own book, in which he's talking about A's first baseman Jason Giambi signing with the Yankees:

Goliath, dissatisfied with his size advantage, has bought David's sling.

Would you consider this plagiarism?

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Posted at 08:33 AM on Sat. Nov 16, 2013 in category Books  


Daniel wrote:

I am someone who takes plagiarism seriously and who has sent his share of students to the Dean because of it, but this isn't plagiarism. It's just lazy and bad writing.

Comment posted on Sun. Nov 17, 2013 at 09:58 AM

Reed wrote:

SlingSHOT? Is he confusing David for Bart Simpson?

Further evidence that Daniel is on the right track above.

Comment posted on Mon. Nov 18, 2013 at 04:55 AM
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