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CWMHTours at aol.com
Sat Jan 14 19:46:28 CST 2012
My point is not MINOR and probably accidental errors of fact but when
pretentious phony "history" writers deliberately fill their works with utter
falseshoods such as the "new" old chestnut that Lincoln and Grant met in the
To the annoyance of some people I keep referring to Swanson's "Manhunt".
His book is full of them. One day out of aggravation I took a pencil and
started going through it page by page underlining fabrications that he made
up. I got so annoyed that after about 20 pags I threw the book at the wall
and took out my hostility by petting my cat until he also got annoyed.
My favorite "petty" thing about Swanson was when Booth and Herold are at
the Samuel Cox home waiting to be led by Thomas Jones to the pine thicket.
Swanson describes Jones as when he was confronted by the Lincoln Assassins
he "widened" his eyes.
Is there some obscure hard-to-find reference online or otherwise to the
size of Jones's eyes when confronted by Booth and Herold? I tend to think
not. If Jones was later being questioned by people did he make a point of
saying his eyes "widened"?
Now just how did Swanson know that? How did he not know that Jones did
not squint or narrow his eyes when confronted by them? Or, perhaps his eyes
did not change at all. Is there a record of what Jones's eyes did that
night? If so, let's see it.
History is either TRUE-
Or a fiction.
"Just the facts, ma'am." Sgt. Joe Friday. "Dragnet"
Your Most Obedient Servant,
In a message dated 1/14/2012 8:13:55 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
Batrinque at aol.com writes:
Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
In a message dated 1/14/2012 6:35:48 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
CWMHTours at aol.com writes:
I mean... It is either true or false.
Historical events are black and white.
Maybe the recording of them may be faulty but it is either in the end
black or white. Fact is truth. Fiction is false.
You mean a work of history can contain no errors of fact? If so, then I
have darned few books of history on my shelves.
Of late I have been reading a number of books dealing with the Amarna
Period of Ancient Egypt and the books are filled with speculation, best
and reconstructions made from wisps of straw and cobwebs -- and most of
these books are considered pretty solid scholarly works of history.
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