For whatever reason, I'm particularly attuned to catching errors of geography when reading. I've encountered quite a number. For example, a non-fiction book describing the New Deal era Resettlement Administration's greenbelt towns misidentified the town constructed in Ohio. Another non-fiction book described the Connecticut River as flowing through New Haven, Connecticut, past the campus of Yale University. As any map should show, the Connecticut River doesn't get within twenty miles of New Haven. I got past those points after cringing and shaking my head, and continued reading. The books otherwise seemed good enough, though I can only hope that the rest of the content didn't contain additional errors I wasn't knowledgeable enough to catch.
Anyway, what I ran into the other night was even worse. Still, I may have moved past it, where it not for the tone of the book having already rubbed me the wrong way in places - and its shear wrongness. What had me so disturbed? "Yet by the time Washington was crossing the Potomac in December 1776. . ."
|Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze|
(Image from the Met web site)
I stopped reading at that point. The book is headed back to the library come morning. One wonders how many similar errors are floating around out there, in how many different books. Just something to ponder.
Tomorrow, I should have either a book review or some technical progress to report upon. For now, good night.