November 11, 2015 10:30 pm -


Buzzfeed reports that several sections of Ben Carson’s 2012 book, America the Beautiful, were plagiarized from other sources.

In many cases Carson cites the works that he plagiarizes in endnotes, though he makes no effort to indicate that not just the source, but the words themselves, had been taken from different authors…

In one instance, Carson cites wholesale from an old website that has been online since at least 2002,

In another example, he plagiarizes from two authors whose works he mentions in passing at earlier points in the book: Cleon Skousen, a conservative historian who died in 2006, and Bill Federer, another conservative historian, who Carson thanks in the acknowledgements for helping get his book published…


Sam Wells, the owner and creator of, confirmed he wrote the text Carson plagiarized in his book.

“The comments at the bottom of the page are mine,” he told BuzzFeed News…

Carson’s representative Sealey Yates, who functions as his lawyer and literary agent, said they had “begun to review the materials” provided by BuzzFeed News but had “not been able to communicate with the publisher’s editorial staff.”

“If it is determined that additional citations or attribution are required, the appropriate revisions will be made in subsequent printings,” Yates said. “Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.”


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.