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The Lincoln No One Knows: The Mysterious Man Who Ran the Civil War Hardcover – June 1, 1993


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  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Mjf Books; F First Edition edition (June 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567315348
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567315349
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,060,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Webb Garrison, formerly associate dean of Emory University and president of McKendree College, wrote more than 55 books, including Civil War Curiosities and Civil War Trivia and Fact Book. Before his death in 2000, Garrison lived in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Webb Garrison, formerly associate dean of Emory University and president of McKendree College, wrote more than 55 books, including Civil War Curiosities and Civil War Trivia and Fact Book. Before his death in 2000, Garrison lived in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.

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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "zzippy" on February 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent addition to anyone's library of books about this critical figure in American history. Unlike some reviewers, I actually bought, and read this book, and bothered to research some of the authors surprising assertions.
It amazes me how hysterical and insulting people will get when faced with facts about something contrary to what they are familiar with. So many Lincoln quotes, for instance, have long been known to be sheer fabrication; mythology, simply untrue and not originating from Lincoln at all. So many assertions about Lincoln's intentions and beliefs have been made that are utterly contrary to what Lincoln himself said and wrote. As with any historical figure, there are people that idolize and create myths, and there are those who are real historians, who actually do their homework. This book is a product of the work of a person in the latter category.
Shocking and contrary to what we were told as school children about Lincoln, the story of the real Lincoln is much more interesting and base than the myth makers would have us believe. Lincoln was, after all, a politician, a Statist, and a Federalist. He declared martial law, took away citizens basic constitutional rights, jailed newspaper reporters and statesmen that disagreed with him, and went against the founding father's explicit intentions as well as the Constitution and Bill of Rights in creating a massive, unrestricted, powerful centralized federal government. Lincoln, as it turns out, was no saint after all. The real story is always grittier and more interesting than the fantasy. If you want a taste of the real Lincoln, and if you are capable of dealing with some unpleasant facts about the man and the legend, read this book, it's a good start.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R. Barnard on October 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Webb Garrison, a free-lance writer who specializes in American history, has dared to question our most famous president. Not surprisingly, his book has not been well received. Many people have lifted Lincoln up on a pedestal and are unwilling to even consider the possibility Lincoln's actions were less than the best. Garrison reveals information that will be new and surprising to most Americans. For example, Garrison discusses Lincoln's unconstitutional suspension of the writ of Habeas Corpus without congressional support, his illegal calling for volunteers, and his rather racist views.

Why only four stars? For several reasons. First of all, he gives too much time and attention to trivial matters such as Lincoln's marriage, his childhood accident, and his physical appearance. Not enough time is spent on how Lincoln's presidency still affects us today. Secondly, this book is quite unlikely to convince anyone who is not already skeptical of Lincoln's actions. Garrison does not make an extremely compelling case; his repeated reference to Lincoln's life as being mysterious is sure to bug some people. While the negative reviews of this book are silly and often inaccurate, it is worth noting that the book didn't impress nearly as many people as Thomas DiLorenzo's books on the same subject. I would recommend both of DiLorenzo's books on Lincoln as a good starting place for a second look at Lincoln, rather than this book.

In closing, while this book is worth reading, it is less thought provoking and persuasive than other books on this same subject. It certainly should not be the first unflattering book on Lincoln you read. But if you are open-minded on the subject and have already read other books that lean in this direction, this book would be well worth owning, even if only as a reference.
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Format: Hardcover
Lincoln is not only our most revered and important president, but he is also one of the most mysterious. Surely no other American president served during a period more critical to this nation's survival. Thus, no other president has been more studied, researched, and chronicled. Yet, many mysteries and questions remain about this enigmatic man and leader. This remarkable book, The Lincoln No One Knows-- by Webb Garrison, renders a remarkable feat of exploring 38 mysteries of this great man. Not all are explained, rather more like "examined" . . . nor providen beyond a doubt. However, anyone who is interested in history, Lincoln, the Civil War era, or just one of the most remarkable men of all time . . . needs to consider reading this book.
I am the author of: When I Was a Child: Based on a True Story of Love, Death, and Survival on the Kansas Prairie
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