Given that my analysis was later published by Alain Silver, et. al., in Film Noir Reader 4, you might say I got the final word, since Eddie's dismissal didn't prevent it from going public.
In the many intervening years, I've significantly revised my essay on my website (filmnoirfile.com), as it was published in FNR 4. I've addressed, on the one hand, newly acknowledged "crime noirs" and, on the other hand, my discovery of "spy noirs" that conform to my original analysis of "war noirs."
Where does this enhancement leave Eddie as a film noir historian? The Blackboard website may wish to address this question. If not, my analysis remains a repudiation of those way-back views by Eddie (and any of his acolytes who repudiated/ridiculed my analysis of "war noirs," whether crime noirs or spy noirs).