Lincoln Unmasked: What You're Not Supposed to Know about Dishonest Abe

Lincoln Unmasked: What You're Not Supposed to Know about Dishonest Abe

by Thomas J. Dilorenzo
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Lincoln Unmasked: What You're Not Supposed to Know about Dishonest Abe by Thomas J. Dilorenzo

What if you were told that the revered leader Abraham Lincoln was actually a political tyrant who stifled his opponents by suppressing their civil rights? What if you learned that the man so affectionately referred to as the “Great Emancipator” supported white supremacy and pledged not to interfere with slavery in the South? Would you suddenly start to question everything you thought you knew about Lincoln and his presidency?

You should.

Thomas J. DiLorenzo, who ignited a fierce debate about Lincoln’s legacy with his book The Real Lincoln, now presents a litany of stunning new revelations that explode the most enduring (and pernicious) myths about our sixteenth president. Marshaling an astonishing amount of new evidence, Lincoln Unmasked offers an alarming portrait of a political manipulator and opportunist who bears little resemblance to the heroic, stoic, and principled figure of mainstream history.

Did you know that Lincoln . . .

• did NOT save the union? In fact, Lincoln did more than any other individual to destroy the voluntary union the Founding Fathers recognized.

• did NOT want to free the slaves? Lincoln, who did not believe in equality of the races, wanted the Constitution to make slavery “irrevocable.”

• was NOT a champion of the Constitution? Contrary to his high-minded rhetoric, Lincoln repeatedly trampled on the Constitution—and even issued an arrest warrant for the chief justice of the United States!

• was NOT a great statesman? Lincoln was actually a warmonger who manipulated his own people into a civil war.

• did NOT utter many of his most admired quotations? DiLorenzo exposes a legion of statements that have been falsely attributed to Lincoln for generations—usually to enhance his image.

In addition to detailing Lincoln’s offenses against the principles of freedom, equality, and states’ rights, Lincoln Unmasked exposes the vast network of academics, historians, politicians, and other “gatekeepers” who have sanitized his true beliefs and willfully distorted his legacy. DiLorenzo reveals how the deification of Lincoln reflects a not-so-hidden agenda to expand the size and scope of the American state far beyond what the Founding Fathers envisioned—an expansion that Lincoln himself began.

The hagiographers have shaped Lincoln’s image to the point that it has become more fiction than fact. With Lincoln Unmasked, DiLorenzo shows us an Abraham Lincoln without the rhetoric, lies, and political bias that have clouded a disastrous president’s enduring damage to the nation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307338426
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/27/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 291,338
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Thomas J. DiLorenzo is the author of The Real Lincoln and How Capitalism Saved America. A professor of economics at Loyola College in Maryland and a senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, he has written for the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, Reader’s Digest, Barron’s, and many other publications. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Lincoln Unmasked: What You're Not Supposed to Know about Dishonest Abe 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't bother reading this book. The author skips around the main body of Historic evidence, cherry-picking only those tiny tidbits that fit his skewed world view. Among my favorites is the author's characterization of Lincoln as a warmonger--even though the first shots of the Civil Warwere fired BEFORE Lincoln was inaugerated. The fact that he accuses Historians of being a 'cult' is both wrong and pathetic. As for the reviewer that stated that Lincoln 'ordered' the deaths of 600k soldiers is amazing--and incorrect. Look, if you want to read History, and then read the primary source documents. Or, barring that, read responsible Historians, not a second rate Econ professor trying to be a Historian.
TheSchaitel More than 1 year ago
Whatever your opinion of the 16th President, this book looks at actual historical accounts and tries to show what President Lincoln's actions said about the man. DiLorenzo changed my view on this president based on his reporting of things you never hear of in school. He brings up an amazing question, "Why is no one allowed to question the 'greatness' of Lincoln?" Debate is necessary in a free and open society, and DiLorenzo brings that debate to the forefront of American's minds. Important read for any looking to objectively measure history.
JJGUNNE More than 1 year ago
I must confess that my opinion of Lincoln was never extremely high, and this book served to solidify what I already thought. If you want to know how our country transitioned from a willing group of states that formed a limited government for the purpose of security, to a failed socialist democracy waging war on any nation state that does not bend to our will, this book is the perfect jumping off point. Without Licoln's war there would never have been a central bank, a large standing army, and a judiciary that rubber stamps whatever those in power want to do. Every child in America has been taught about Honest Abe, the poor back country , railsplitting lawyer who educated himself by the light of the hearth. This author presents the historical facts that show him to be what we today would call a wealthy lobbyist, who married into a wealthy slave holding family. And that is just one of the little known truths. Here are some questions that are answered in this book: 1) Who was the only president to suspend Habeas Corpus and imprison thousands of his political opponents without due process? 2) Who was the only president to DEPORT a sitting congressman for the offense of speaking out against the president's policies? 3)Who was the only president to have an arrest warrant issued for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, for the offense of ruling the presidents actions to be unconstitutional? 4)Who was the only president to use federal troops to shut down over 300 opposition newspapers?' 5)Who was the only president to launch what we today would describe as a terror war on his fellow citizens? For one to understand the present and plan the future, we must first understand the past as it truly was.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The best place to find fact,s about Lincoln is the library of congress. Look for letters , to and from Lincoln, speeches made by Lincoln ( Peoria IL ) before he was elected president. All of this is in the Lincoln papers section ( Jefferson library). I don't accept any thing about Lincoln as fact with out checking tried and true sources of the library of congress.
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Russell_Kirk More than 1 year ago
Interesting perspective on the dark side of Lincoln. It will keep your interest and compel the reader to research for additional information.
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pi_kappa More than 1 year ago
DiLorenzo has made a bigger career of assassinating Abraham Lincoln than John Wilkes Booth could have ever dreamed. Absolutely shoddy research, spotty quotes and situations taken far out of context and incomplete, judgements on events almost 150 years ago through today's values, the list goes on. This book has it all -- wrong. There is very little different here that isn't already in "Abraham Lincoln...Unnecessary War". The author may be a fine economist, but he is an embarassingly poor historian.
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I am continually amazed by all of the previous reviewers who have attacked DiLorenzo and this book. These people know full well that Lincoln was a notorious racist and that he always opposed racial equality yet they still support him because they themselves are liberal race baiters. They also don't understand that Lincoln himself throught his career tried to undermine our country, especially during the Mexican War. By all rights Lincoln should have been arrested and executed for treason for deliberately undermining our military and goals. Lincoln had contempt for freedom and democracy. That's why he choose to inaugurate a war that he knew he had no legal or moral right to engage in and why we're still paying the price for it today with an out of control government.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book that need to be required reading in public schools!!!!!
Booksnickety More than 1 year ago
Found it interesting, but don't believe it. Rewriting history is a hobby for many conspiracy theorists.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Contrary to what the 'editorial reviewers' indicate, DiLorenzo scholarly documents Lincoln's motivation and presents the underlying pretext for the Civil War. Taken in context with today's expanding role of government and war, the book is definitely worth reading. Moreover, the vehemence against the book presented by the 'editorial reviewers' simply support DiLorenzo's idea of the 'Lincoln Cult' and should encourage you to read the book. Perhaps one of the best reasons for reading is the idea that so many of the historical accounts regarding our Founding Fathers have been challenged, researched and debated, yet when it comes to Lincoln anyone doing so is berated, ostracized, and their account is considered 'vitriolic.' Have to wonder why this is the case, considering you're discussing someone who ordered the slaughter of over 600,000 of his own people.