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Bill O’Reilly’s ‘Lincoln’ book banned from Ford’s Theatre because of ‘mistakes’

For a purported history of the assassination — an “unsanitized and uncompromising … no spin American story,” as the authors put it, “Killing Lincoln” is sloppy with the facts and slim on documentation, according to a study conducted by Rae Emerson, the deputy superintendent of Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, which is a unit of the National Park Service.



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For a purported history of the assassination — an “unsanitized and uncompromising … no spin American story,” as the authors put it, “Killing Lincoln” is sloppy with the facts and slim on documentation, according to a study conducted by Rae Emerson, the deputy superintendent of Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, which is a unit of the National Park Service.



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Myself, I think Lincoln was a warmongering despot for the most part, who had an artificial anti-slavery mask stapled to his bloody legacy after his death. I'm am told that this places me in a small minority.

Lincoln, the one who said, that the United States would "have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth," after sending Federal Armies to kill hundreds of thousands of people and burn their cities for exercising those rights.

Please, no one bring up the issue of Slavery in ignorance. Slavery was enshrined in the Constitution that Lincoln swore to uphold, was so until the end of the WoNA, and indeed, continued to be practiced in some areas of the Union. If Lincoln was fighting his war to end Slavery, then he was not a patriot, he was a revolutionary, fighting against his own country's laws, which incidentally, placed no bar upon secession.

That said, O'Reillly,is already a very successful author and commentator, who can afford an extensive research staff.

Those making these decisions are minor officials who under normal circumstances would have next to no name recognition, but who are dependent upon the mythical version of Lincoln for their bread.

So I am inclined to think that there would be an negative reaction
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:40 AM
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Myself, I think Lincoln was a warmongering despot for the most part, who had an artificial anti-slavery mask stapled to his bloody legacy after his death. I'm am told that this places me in a small minority.

Lincoln, the one who said, that the United States would "have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth," after sending Federal Armies to kill hundreds of thousands of people and burn their cities for exercising those rights.

Please, no one bring up the issue of Slavery in ignorance. Slavery was enshrined in the Constitution that Lincoln swore to uphold, was so until the end of the WoNA, and indeed, continued to be practiced in some areas of the Union. If Lincoln was fighting his war to end Slavery, then he was not a patriot, he was a revolutionary, fighting against his own country's laws, which incidentally, placed no bar upon secession.

That said, O'Reillly,is already a very successful author and commentator, who can afford an extensive research staff.

Those making these decisions are minor officials who under normal circumstances would have next to no name recognition, but who are dependent upon the mythical version of Lincoln for their bread.

So I am inclined to think that there would be an negative reaction
You have opinions on Lincoln. You have opinions on O'Rielly. And now you dis the people who decide what books to represent. I saw another historian exposing some of the shortcomings of the book. The link also shows some of the mistakes in the book. If you are going to educate yourself on the assasination of Lincoln you should not use this book to do it when there are others written that are more accurate. What is wrong with that?
I do have to laugh at the cover. Bill O'Rielly's name is huge. Three times the size of his co-author, and larger then the title itself.
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have you taken a look at the books that American students are using?
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have you taken a look at the books that American students are using?
No and you haven't either.
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No and you haven't either.
I have 3 kids. All are college/university educated. I was very involved in their educations. More so than you can possibly imagine.
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I have 3 kids. All are college/university educated. I was very involved in their educations. More so than you can possibly imagine.
So what? I still would bet you have no idea. I would put my money on it. You won't know anything until some right wing talking head tells you.
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Interesting, yet shouldn't this go in the book topic sense it is about a book?

Or the Media topic cause the author? Or is it here just because the books location, Ford Theater?

Which denied it is correct... And banned it from the now Museum. I just believe it is in the wrong topic thats all. And any debate will be about the book or it's author, not the location.

Which Mikeyy & OC are the only one to even address this..
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Interesting media spin on this.

The book isn't "banned" at all - the Museum Bookstore opted not to carry it though the gift shop does.

"Banned" of course, carries a load of negative connotations so it sounds better and implies ideological victimization.
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I have read 'Killing Lincoln,' and found it to be an excellent and very educational read. Very accurate and true to history.

Highly recommend this to everyone.

I have a feeling most of the people who are railing against this book are doing so simply because of Bill O'Reilly.
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