Paul Johnson has written many books. When you write books, you make mistakes.
When most scholars make mistakes, they want to correct them. Readers inform them. So, a wise scholar makes it possible for readers to contact him.
Not Paul Johnson. He is a great historian. But his website, www.PaulJohnsonArchives.org, has no “Contact Me” option — not even for corrections, such as the following, some of which are in the category of “How could I possibly have written that?”
History of the American People
p. 79 final paragraph, first line
p. 82, line 13
George Washington rode from Philadelphia to Mt Vernon — 152 miles — overnight.
dept per capita
debt per capita
Philadelphia was “the biggest city in the entire New World”
Philadelphia in 1790: 28,000
Mexico City in 1793: over 110,000
population growth of 25% per year
cattle drives of 4,000 miles
Wild Bill Hickock
He died in 1876, and therefore did not appear in Buffalo Bill Cody’s wild west shows, begun in 1883.
did for Daniel Drew
did in Daniel Drew
David A. Well
David A. Wells
1925 (The Jazz Singer)
p. 706 [jazz]
Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey
Bennie Goodman and Tommy Dorsey
A. L. Smith
p. 780 [Midway]
p. 986, note 43
H. V. Faulkner
H. U. Faulkner
p. 1000, note 77
(New York, 1963)
Maybe he will find these on a Google search. Or his editor will. Or his webmaster will. Someone. I hope.