Monday, June 15, 2020

Paperback Warrior Podcast - Episode 48

On the controversial Episode 48 of the Paperback Warrior Podcast, we discuss the history of Barry Sadler’s CASCA books and investigate allegations of plagiarism that plague the series today. You don’t want to miss this one. Listen on every podcast platform, stream below or download directly HERE: Listen to "Episode 48 - The Casca Controversy" on Spreaker.


  1. As a high school teacher, I've busted plagiarism multiple times. I once had a "clever" kid who took the time in every sentence in every paragraph to alter some of the words. I pointed this out when he complained about his "zero," and he shut right up and admitted what he'd done. I've even busted students whose right, and wrong, answers on a Scantron multiple-choice test were identical. Almost no one challenges this when presented with the evidence--and they never then take it to my bosses to contest my grade. The chances that the passages read in your podcast are "coincidental" are, in all practical terms, of course, zero. Far more fascinating than the theft is that this guy continued to deny in the face of the inescapable evidence!

  2. What's even more bizarre and fascinating is the story of Barry Sadler's life, which was chronicled in the book Ballad of the Green Beret by Marc Leepson. As with Tiger King and Evil Genius, it falls under the category "you just can't make this stuff up."

  3. Fascinating. I am fairly new to Casca stories after Sadler. I did not realize it was a new author for a couple books. Your podcast was incredibly fair.