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The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Excellent And accurate A must reaf A must read !

Matches my 30 years of research from first edition sources at the time prior, during, and immediately after the war of northern aggression!

posted by Anonymous on September 13, 2011

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8 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

A polemic, not history

This book does not deserve even one star. Although it purports to be history, it is a grotesque distortion of the historical record. For example, DiLorenzo quotes primary source material which impugns Lincoln's motives. If you are not a historian and are unfamiliar with...
This book does not deserve even one star. Although it purports to be history, it is a grotesque distortion of the historical record. For example, DiLorenzo quotes primary source material which impugns Lincoln's motives. If you are not a historian and are unfamiliar with the sources, you would likely accept the conclusions that the author draws from the quotes he cites. However, if you take the time to check the sources, you find that DiLorenzo has lifted phrases out of context, and even attributed words to one person that were clearly uttered by another. It is clear that this book was written with one aim in mind: to 'prove' that Lincoln was a tyrant who started the Civil War in order to impose Whiggish economic policies on the South. Lacking proof, DiLorenzo is not above deliberate distortion and misinformation. In short, beware of 'history' written by those who have a political or economic axe to grind.

posted by Anonymous on April 29, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2011

    Excellent And accurate A must reaf A must read !

    Matches my 30 years of research from first edition sources at the time prior, during, and immediately after the war of northern aggression!

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2006

    A polemic, not history

    This book does not deserve even one star. Although it purports to be history, it is a grotesque distortion of the historical record. For example, DiLorenzo quotes primary source material which impugns Lincoln's motives. If you are not a historian and are unfamiliar with the sources, you would likely accept the conclusions that the author draws from the quotes he cites. However, if you take the time to check the sources, you find that DiLorenzo has lifted phrases out of context, and even attributed words to one person that were clearly uttered by another. It is clear that this book was written with one aim in mind: to 'prove' that Lincoln was a tyrant who started the Civil War in order to impose Whiggish economic policies on the South. Lacking proof, DiLorenzo is not above deliberate distortion and misinformation. In short, beware of 'history' written by those who have a political or economic axe to grind.

    8 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2005

    Not very good!

    Dr. Dilorenzo's work is the perfect example of suspect historical scholarship. His agenda is clear, which leads to his cherry-picking, and distorting, the record to support this agenda. The first thing one learns in a historiography class is not to do what Dr. Dilorenzo has done. It is a disappointing work.

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2004

    Lincoln Exposed

    This book shows Lincolns real agenda. Which was a massive Federal Government, and the destruction of the opposing political power. Lincolns party-The New Republican party, which was formed in 1856- was a totally sectional party. The Republicans hated Southerners, and everything Southern. Lincoln was backed by the wealthiest Northern people. Lincoln spent his entire political career, advocating more power for the wealthy Northern people. As an Account, (PhD) the author breaks it down, in very clear terms to dollars and cents. Myths are not popular when they are exposed as 'myths'. This book is a good start to understanding 'The REAL Lincoln' I also recommend: 'Lincoln, the Man'--Edgar Lee Masters' 'Tariffs, Blockades, and Inflation'-Mark Thornton and Robert B. Exelund Jr.;'Lincoln Takes Command'-John Shipley Tilley;-'The Real Lincoln'-Charles L.C. Minor; 'Forced Into Glory, Abraham Lincolns White Dream-Lerone Bennett Jr.

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    what level some people will stoop to sell a book...

    I have been studying and researching Abraham Lincoln, along with the administration of both Union and Confederacy for 25yrs. This book is a prime example of how people can extract bits and pieces of documents and writings to fit their own personal agenda. What is even sadder are the people who will not research things like this for verification, I guess it's true, we are a generation that thrives on gossip, drama and laziness. Always looking for a way to destroy the very things that make us a great nation (which BTW is one nation, not divided thanks to Mr. Lincoln). Of course some people still believe in slavery and have no clue what the civil war was really about and exactly what happened during that time to the nation. I thank God we are one nation and not divided just to pacify greedy slave trader's and their selfish, inhumane cause. Read your history people, you may learn some well needed truths...

    6 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 27, 2010

    Every American should read this book!

    Like many others, I've always wondered to myself why Lincoln got a "free pass" in history because he led the Union to victory in the War between the states. I really never knew whom to blame for the countless loss of life on both sides of the war. Lincoln's uncomprimising quest for centralized government cost this country deeply and Lincoln has really never been held accountable for his ridiculous actions during his tenure in political office. I realize even more after this book that Lincoln is not someone I would have voted for now or then.

    Mr. DiLorenzo pulls no punches in this great history book. If you want the real truth no matter how uncomfortable it may make you feel, I suggest this book. If you refuse to see Lincoln on any platform other than a hero, you probably won't get past the first couple of chapters.

    With everything going on in Washington D.C. today, I think the states rights message pouring from this book is very timely.

    Great book that I hope my children will read and embrace one day.

    Danny Littleton
    Tupelo, MS

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2004

    Finally, the Truth

    Along with, 'When in the Course of Human Events: Arguing the Case for Southern Secession.' finally present Lincoln and the North's 'Watergate.' After the War the standard rule applied, which says 'The victor writes the history.' This viewpoint has preveiled for the last 138 years, but is starting to be challenged. If you as an adult, read how a standard High School textbook treats the War you would be shocked. There is no balanced treatment there, so only in books like these can we get the -- rest of the story.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2002

    A real eye opener!

    I¿m always amused when professional historians suggest that lay readers should not waste their time reading this or that book. This is like basing your movie viewing preference on the local movie critic¿s opinion! I would suggest that you read as many Lincoln books as you please (by historians - if you wish) and then read DiLorenzo¿s book last. DiLorenzo is a libertarian and an economist, so it is only natural that the book is written from that perspective. You may not agree with his conclusions, but the book is well written, entertaining and thoroughly documented. A free and active mind should be open to all thoughts and perspectives on any given topic, how else can you make an informed decision about any subject? So what, if Lincoln was not the saint historians have made him out to be ¿ get over it!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2008

    A real eye opener. History as it really was.

    If you would like to learn some real history, and not the myths, half-truths, and out-and-out lies that our federal government chooses to perpetuate through the school systems, this is a must read. If you would still like to believe that Santa puts the presents under the tree, and NOT Mommy and Daddy, don't bother. <BR/><BR/>Read the quotes in the book, and ask someone who said them. My guess is many people will say the head of the KKK. Read about the things that went on during the Civil War, then ask someone what country they happened in. They will probably say Iran or Iraq. <BR/><BR/>Read the book and learn where all the stuff that's happening today in this country really started.<BR/><BR/>WARNING: If you can't keep an open mind, or if the government has you completely brainwashed about "Honest"Abe, DO NOT read this book. However, if you would like to learn about one of the darkest periods in the history of our country, this is the book for you.

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2006

    Historical Inaccuracies

    While in general agreement with Professor DiLorenzo¿s assessment that Lincoln was a ruthless conniving politician who never let such small details as the truth and the Constitution stand in his way, there are numerous historical inaccuracies that make one wonder if DiLorenzo¿s comment on page 263 directed toward Gary Gallagher concerning ¿shoddy scholarship¿ does not apply equally to this work. For example: Pg 178: ¿After suffering repeated battlefield defeats in the Shenandoah Valley at the hands to Confederate General Thomas ¿Stonewall¿Jackonhs, Union General John Pope¿.¿ Jackson¿s opponents in the Valley campaign of 1962 were Union Generals Banks, Milroy, and Fremont. Jackson and Pope met only at the confederate victory of 2nd Manassas. Pg 226: speaking of General Grant ¿¿including former Confederate General James Longstreet, whom he appointed federal railroad commissioner¿¿ On March 10. 1869 Grant nominated Longstreet to the position of Surveyor of Customs for the port on New Orleans not railroad commissioner. Also on pg 226 ¿It was Longstreet who introduced Grant to his future wife, Longstreet¿s cousin.¿ While Grant and Longstreet were very close friend, Grant met his wife, Julia, through her brother Frederic Dent, who was Grant¿s roommate during his final year at West Point.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2004

    The truth has come out

    Great book to see the other side of the story on Lincoln. Great detail and lots of facts.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2007

    How Lincoln Began Federal Government Tyranny

    I always wondered what historical precedent gave birth to the federal tyranny Americans suffer under today. Like others, I assumed it began with FDR. How shocking to discover that the first traitor to the American presidency was Abraham Lincoln! Setting his rhetorical genius aside, this rail-splitting ascendant from the 'common man' is clearly responsible for the strong hand of government that labors unceasingly to erode what little remains of our constitutional rights and protections today. For those who wish to smear DiLorenzo's scholarship, I ask you: Did Lincoln suspend habeas corpus - an egregious offense to all who proclaim their right to due process? Did Lincoln jail NORTHERN editors and publishers for their objections to the war, and for agreeing that the Southern states had every RIGHT to secede for their legitimate grievances to punitive government tariffs? The list of abuses is long and difficult not to get upset about, but even apologists for Lincoln agree that these unconstitutional acts did occur. The book explains Lincoln's motives and there is nothing unreasonable about DiLorenzo's conclusions. I suggest that all truth-loving Americans read the book for themselves to find out what really happened. There are pages and pages of footnotes and references to research if desired. Reading this book will better explain how Lincoln established the precedent for ignoring the constraints of the constitution on executive power 'as wisely incorporated by our brilliant Founding Fathers'. This explains how the abuse of power by government over the American people continues to this day. Find out why America as a nation lost much after the South lost their War of Independence. If the first step to defeating tyranny is to become better informed, then pick up this book and read it!

    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2004

    Lincoln's Descent from America¿s Pedestal

    Mr. DiLorenzo has written an absolutely riveting, well-researched book that, at base, takes ¿Honest¿ Abe to task for what he actually did and said; he does not, like so many professional myth-maker/historians, give Lincoln a mulligan. Mr. DiLorenzo argues, very convincingly, that Abe Lincoln planned for and was the culmination of the Hamiltonian sect¿s wish for a powerful, centralized government; the embodiment of everything the Founders feared the federal government could become. He painstakingly details Lincoln¿s assault on the Constitution, his disregard for human rights, his provocation of the South into a war, and his ¿spectacular lie¿ that no state in our voluntary union had a right to secede. Rather than portray Lincoln as a saintly myth, Mr. DiLorenzo instead looks at the man¿s words and actions ¿ and finds him to be one of the worst presidents this country has ever had. A tyrannical, racist, power hungry, corrupt politician through and through, the damage Lincoln inflicted on the political structure of these United States was permanent. If even half of what this book posits is true, the best thing Abe Lincoln ever did on behalf of freedom was to take in a play at Ford¿s Theatre.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2002

    1864 Election

    Five stars says it all! Makes one ponder that we would probably be two nations today if JWB had killed Lincoln before the '64 election.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2002

    Positively Stunning

    Although the information Dr. Di Lorenzo presents is not new, the clarity of its presentation amidst constant and forceful reminders of the Founders' own views and ideas about the relationship between the Federal government, the States and the Citizenry leaves no doubt that Mr. Lincoln turned the American Foundation on its proverbial ear: the ineffectual and bloated self-importance of today's Washington establishment is, along with the rather tangential (for Lincoln) good of abolition, one of the other important Lincolnian legacies. It is a shock to the system to realize that the haze of idolatry in which the mythical Lincoln has been wrapped for so many years has served to conceal a concept of government that was so completely alien to the Founders' original intent, a concept that because of the legacy of Mr. Lincoln's dictatorial behavior has come to be viewed as an ideal. Having read The Real Lincoln, one understands as never before why so many totalitarian 'leaders' have held the 16th President in such high esteem. Messrs. Davis and Lee (was there any doubt about the Honor of General Lee?) are looking better and better!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2002

    Could Another Lincoln Become President?

    The horror of this book is that another Lincoln could arise in the future, and there might not be another Booth. How have the Lincoln apologists succeeded so well in blinding us to the real career of this madman? Everyone should read this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

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    Fascinating

    Worth the time and money to read; get the perspective from the other side of Lincoln. I enjoyed the thesis presented.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2005

    A-historical

    This author does what Lincoln did not- stacks the deck to fulfill a preconceived notion. What if the Southern states had never seceeded (Remember, South Carolina did before Lincoln was even President)? According to the author, Lincoln would have bulldozed them anyway. Lincolm WAS a revolutionary, but like all revolutionaries they achieve more than they expected and often in a different form. Lincoln's aims evolved throughout the war, he tested waters and moved the nation towards a more stable future, including several that the author posits. The war gave him the opportunity, but he did not start the war for economic reasons. This shortcut to thinking falls in with the modernday 'no blood for oil' crowd. This author is just Slightly more sophisticated-slightly.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2003

    The book is not a balanced treatment of Lincoln

    If you want to find out everything negative about Abraham Lincoln, this book is the place to look. But it is not a balanced treatment of the subject. For instance it faults Lincoln for not arranging for gradual emancipation of slaves but does not give him credit for the heroic efforts that he made for compensated emancipation. This is hard to understand, because some of Lincoln's most famous quotes come from his congressional message in support of compensated emancipation. Overall the book is just a rant. It is not a scholarly contribution to the works on Lincoln.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2009

    What a great way to sell a book!

    With all that has been written about Lincoln, what better way to sell another Lincoln book than to pump up the negative and ignore the positive. Sorry. This man does not get my vote.

    I like Santa Claus, and all he represents. Santa, like Lincoln, ain't perfect, but at that special time when he is needed, he's the right man for the job.

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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