GDG- Killing Lincoln

CWMHTours at CWMHTours at
Sun Jan 15 18:49:30 CST 2012

You make a good point about whether the endorser actually read  the book.  
It seems too frequently that it appears that they haven't read  the work.
I was a bit disappointed that Surratt Tavern had "Manhunt" and  was sold by 
They actually have excellent works of real history  there.  I'd prefer to 
have them promote that stuff and not a book full of  make believe.
I don't excuse them for it but they are a very small  non-profit museum 
which needs all the publicity and promotion they can get, so  maybe they are a 
little lax about accuracy.
Here's what:  If they put it out on the shelf with a  promotional sign that 
called it great historical fiction I would have no problem  with that.
I have a problem with Swanson though coming out with the book  under the 
pretense that it is pure history
"Just  the facts, ma'am." Sgt. Joe Friday. Dragnet.

Your Most Obediant  Servant  

In a message dated 1/15/2012 1:38:08 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
bunco973 at writes:

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  

Sent from my  iPad

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 
> mix fiction with fact and then publicly call it history and try  to  sell 
> that way?
> Your  Most Obedient  Servant,
> Peter   
  -to unsubscribe for  Archives

More information about the Gettysburg mailing list