Newswatch: Believing What You Read

Wouldn't it be great to read a bona fide first-person account of how Israel's secret service hunted down and killed the Arab gunmen who murdered eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich? What a bestseller it would make! Simon & Schuster spent $125,000 for the U.S. publishing rights and ordered a 50,000 first printing of Vengeance, subtitled The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team. But even before the book was published a month ago, widespread doubts were raised about its authenticity.

When asked by the New York Times why books are published whose...

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