- Hardcover: 333 pages
- Publisher: Prima; 1st Edition edition (March 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0761536418
- ISBN-13: 978-0761536413
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 681 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #331,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A devastating critique of America's most famous president."
—Joseph Sobran, commentator and nationally syndicated columnist
"Today's federal government is considerably at odds with that envisioned by the framers of the Constitution. Thomas J. DiLorenzo gives an account of how this came about in The Real Lincoln."
—Walter E. Williams, from the foreword
"A peacefully negotiated secession was the best way to handle all the problems facing America in 1860. A war of coercion was Lincoln's creation. It sometimes takes a century of more to bring an important historical event into perspective. This study does just that and leaves the reader asking, 'Why didn't we know this before?' "
—Donald Livingston, professor of philosophy, Emory University
"Professor DiLorenzo has penetrated to the very heart and core of American history with a laser beam of fact and analysis."
—Clyde Wilson, professor of history, University of South Carolina, and editor, The John C. Calhoun Papers
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<b>A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War</b><br>Most Americans consider Abraham Lincoln to be the greatest president in history. His legend as the Great Emancipator has grown to mythic proportions as hundreds of books, a national holiday, and a monument in Washington, D.C., extol his heroism and martyrdom. But what if most everything you knew about Lincoln were false? What if, instead of an American hero who sought to free the slaves, Lincoln were in fact a calculating politician who waged the bloodiest war in american history in order to build an empire that rivaled Great Britain's? In <i>The Real Lincoln,</i> author Thomas J. DiLorenzo uncovers a side of Lincoln not told in many history books and overshadowed by the immense Lincoln legend. <br>Through extensive research and meticulous documentation, DiLorenzo portrays the sixteenth president as a man who devoted his political career to revolutionizing the American form of government from one that was very limited in scope and highly decentralized―as the Founding Fathers intended―to a highly centralized, activist state. Standing in his way, however, was the South, with its independent states, its resistance to the national government, and its reliance on unfettered free trade. To accomplish his goals, Lincoln subverted the Constitution, trampled states' rights, and launched a devastating Civil War, whose wounds haunt us still. According to this provacative book, 600,000 American soldiers did not die for the honorable cause of ending slavery but for the dubious agenda of sacrificing the independence of the states to the supremacy of the federal government, which has been tightening its vise grip on our republic to this very day.<br>You will discover a side of Lincoln that you were probably never taught in school―a side that calls into question the very myths that surround him and helps explain the true origins of a bloody, and perhaps, unnecessary war. <br><br>"A devastating critique of America's most famous president."<br>―<b>Joseph Sobran,</b> commentator and nationally syndicated columnist<br><br>"Today's federal government is considerably at odds with that envisioned by the framers of the Constitution. Thomas J. DiLorenzo gives an account of How this come about in The Real Lincoln."<br>―<b>Walter E. Williams,</b> from the foreword<br><br>"A peacefully negotiated secession was the best way to handle all the problems facing Americans in 1860. A war of coercion was Lincoln's creation. It sometimes takes a century or more to bring an important historical event into perspective. This study does just that and leaves the reader asking, 'Why didn't we know this before?'"<br>―<b>Donald Livingston,</b> professor of philosophy, Emory University<br><br>"Professor DiLorenzo has penetrated to the very heart and core of American history with a laser beam of fact and analysis."<br>―<b>Clyde Wilson,</b> professor of history, University of South Carolina, and editor, The John C. Calhoun Papers
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As a nation, we need to stop honoring this man, and teach the truth about his career and presidency in order that generations know and can defend against such tyranny in the future.
Honest Abe, Sherman, and Sheridan were butchers of humanity. This well written book educates Americans about the fact. I have passed this book around and bought it for a gift as well.
It's refreshing to read a book by an author who has the courage and honesty to print ALL those not so popular quotes by Lincoln and to reveal his true attitudes, goals and agendas. Americans have been taught to see in Lincoln a man who never existed. The truth, however, is always better even if it's something hard to hear.
I for one am sick and tired of Yankee historians, press, politicians and educators who constantly demonize The South while worshipping Lincoln as some kind of savior. Its good to hear the truth. And that truth is, Lincoln was a tyrant and destroyed the old republic and the South. We never have fully recovered from the actions of this power hungry murderer. Probably never will.
Thanks for helping mankind wake up from their dreams of lies, in this case a historical one.