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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

9 out of 10 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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Most Helpful Critical Review

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 November 18, 2003

    A Must Read

    This book is a `must read¿ for those who treasure the constitution, abhor big business and believes in States¿ rights. This is the agenda of the author and I got the impression that he was very selective in choosing the historical data in order to make his points. He makes his points, over and over; a real exercise in repetition. Judicial editing could have saved a couple of trees. Still, it¿s like a troubled child who chooses only red and black from a set of crayons and draws a crude ogre of a man beating a child with a stick. It may not be a completely true representation of fact but it certainly cannot be ignored. This book also should not be ignored for there is enough evidence to suggest some ugly truths.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2003

    When Northern Apologists Panic

    When Northern apologists panic, you can be sure there's some truth to it. Next we need a book that goes into detail about how the great 'humanitarian' Lincoln continued with the slaughter of the Native Americans even while fighting the South to maintain the empire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2002

    Profoundly Libertarian Work of History

    When I say profoundly libertarian I mean it as a philosophical insult as this book, while showing many things wrong with Lincoln's political philosophy, fails to enter into the realm of fundamental ideas and their effect on history. If you take this book at its word you are left with many unanswered questions, which one of the reviewers pointed out. If the north was being tyrannized and all the states realized the inefficacy of the Republican agenda why was Lincoln elected twice, let alone once. It is because DiLorenzo fails to enter the realm of philosophy and its effects on history that this book tends to be much more confusing than it ought to be. There is a good amount of research in it, but it goes to waste on conclusions the author doesn't back up with enough reason to have them hold up. Though Lincoln may have wanted to be a dictator, his office wasn't one of unlimited power, quite the contrary, the presidency was a weak post both before and after Lincoln. People below him have to carry out his orders, and if the majority of people disagreed with Lincoln as DiLorenzo seems to contend, then no one should have carried out his orders, whether they be arresting legislators or going into battles. Politics doesn't operate in a vacuum, and one seems to be lead to believe that by reading this book.

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