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Amazon's reviewer wars 

The New York Times yesterday picked up on a phenomenon I noted on December 4: that Tom Bissell's book is the subject of an extraordinary "reviewing war" on amazon.com.

The Times article, wide-ranging and well-written, exposes plenty of the petty depths to which people will sink, especially if they're allowed to be anonymous, and even if they are published writers.

For the record, I found Bissell's book enjoyable, though I really want to hear his response to the (anonymous) reviewer who put lots of specifics in an accusation of near-plagiarism.

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