Publishing: Little Tree, Big Lies?

Little Tree, Big Lies?

The saga of Forrest Carter's book is a publisher's dream. The Education of Little Tree, a sensitive memoir of Carter's Native American childhood, was published in hard-cover in 1976 to little fanfare. Released in softcover by the University of New Mexico Press this year, the book now tops the New York Times paperback best-seller list, with 600,000 copies in print.

But is the book a hoax? Yes, says Dan T. Carter, a history professor at Emory University. In an op-ed page piece in the New York Times last week, Carter charged that the late Forrest Carter was not a Cherokee at...

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