GDG- Historical books

Nancy Householder pipecreek1430 at
Sun Jan 15 18:43:36 CST 2012

Tom- I have to agree with you on endorsements on books.  You wonder if the person ever read any of it.
I was talking with a customer in McDonalds, Dave Booz,  who I know is a history teacher at Gettysburg College,
and I asked him about the book he was reading. He said it was full of errors and he had only read a few
chapters. There was an endorsement on the back of someone well known, and he thought that person
never read one word of the book.   

It is very aggravating to read a book, that is supposed to be history, to find it full of errors. One or two
I might chalk up to mistakes in printing or proofreading, but lots of errors, make me want to throw the book

Nancy Householder

 From: Tom <bunco973 at>
To: GDG <gettysburg at> 
Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2012 1:36 PM
Subject: Re: GDG- Killing Lincoln
Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
   Just as an example of fiction,nonfiction, errors etc.  - Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James L. Swanson – the book you’ve mentioned is way out there in facts – is recommended reading at the Surratt Museum you have mentioned. I would not read that book after reading your posts – yet, this is what twists folks around – it is recommended reading at a reputable facility. Going on to, say, Amazon to purchase a book – I skip right past the reviews by Publishers Weekly, Booknotes etc., and go for the readers comments (the common folk), and usually !! –  usually use their opinions as a barometer of whether the book is good, factual etc. It’s a literary minefield out there when you shell out $30 or more to buy a book pertaining to history etc.. I’ve seen endorsements on the backs of certain books by well respected authors – buy the book – and sometimes wonder if the endorser actually read the book, as it was off
 the wall in facts, captions, maps and so on. IMHO – once I latch on to an author that gets it right, you can be sure that I’ve pre-ordered the book – sight unseen – with confidence. (Ex. – there are a few of our esteemed members who fit into that category). Wish it was a perfect world – but it ain’t happenin’. Just my 2 cents!

Tom B.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Phil Vitiello 
Sent: Sunday, January 15, 2012 12:14 PM 
To: GDG 
Subject: Re: GDG- Killing Lincoln 

Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
Peter a fair question, that's why I was careful to use the word "most" in my comment. I was referring less to the O' Reilly book (which I have read). I'll say this that it does drive me crazy when I read book when the author  writes history with supposing to know what someone may have said or thought based only on the whim of that author. it bothers me more when certain "known" historical facts are presented wrong weather in a book or movie. just shows a lack of a certain laziness to get it right knowing
that people who don't know better will now take that it is fact. That being said I've mellowed some over the last 50 years of my interest in our history that if a book, even if with errors in it can either inspire or enlighten our youth in our history than that is a good thing.

Peter thank you for replying. hope I made some sense here on my thoughts on this.

new haven Ct  

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On Jan 15, 2012, at 9:33 AM, CWMHTours at wrote:

> Esteemed GDG Member Contributes:
> Phil-
> Should I understand that in agreement with Chet that you think  it is OK to 
> mix fiction with fact and then publicly call it history and try to  sell it 
> that way?
> Your  Most Obedient Servant,
> Peter  
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