The saga of the Tenure of Norm Finkelstein says everything about what is wrong with academia. Some Universities eliminate candidates for tenure with a single No vote. Finky had three no votes within his own department.
The standard of scholarship is not books it is peer reviewed articles and Finky had almost no articles. Finky had been fired three times prior for unprofessional conduct. He also involved himself in the tenure process of Daniel Goldhagen at Yale. Goldhagen has too much class to reciprocate.
Finky has made a name for himself with crank antics and sham scholarship. His record of abuse of materials is quite blatant. Even Benny Morris and Novick point out the serious flaws in Finky's work. I have never accepted his critique of from Time Immemorial. His susequent crank behavior and mental pathologies and far left probable Communist world view render his work worthless. His point about Weisel reading Kant in Yiddish and calling the respected author a "professional Joo and circus clown" are clearly crank material. His libelous accusations that Dershowitz did not write his own book were withdrawn and part of a series of pathological behavior.
Do note as soon as you hear a person talking about "Norman Finkelstein" you are dealing with a hard core anti-semite.
Anti semites have no fear Finky will be free to give speeches at $10,000 a pop and probably end up teaching in the UK.
Beamish in 08