The New York Times hired none other than Jean Smith to review Tried by War. Is that not hilarious?
Meanwhile, I've been kind of wondering if Lincoln was a quick study.
New York Times (Smith): "As McPherson points out, Lincoln 'was not a quick study but a thorough one'."
History Wire (Steve Goddard): "'He was not a quick study,' McPherson argues, 'but a thorough one.'"
Newsweek (anticipating McPherson): "Like Darwin, Lincoln was not a quick study."
Darwin's Blog: "He [Lincoln] was not a quick study." (Wonder where he got that from.)
Uh oh. This one didn't get the memo...
Charlotte News-Observer: "Though a quick study, Lincoln faced a steep learning curve..."
You have to laugh.