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Vindicating Lincoln: Defending the Politics of Our Greatest President Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 27, 2008
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Vindicating Lincoln is a most necessary corrective to the raft of atrocious, mendacious, and vindictive anti-Lincoln scholarship that has cropped up over the last 25 years at least. A perverse alliance has been forged between, on the one hand, far right libertarians and neo-Confederates and, on the other hand, far left politically correct and anti-American ideologues. They may not agree on much, but they agree that they have found a villain for all seasons: Abraham Lincoln.
This is the book for you if you have ever been puzzled by the arguments that Lincoln was a "tyrant," a "racist," the "father of big government," or that Lincoln cared nothing about slavery but fought the Civil War only protect the economic interests of the ruling class. This is also the book for you if all you know of Lincoln is his grand monument and the afterglow of his once great reputation, and want an honest assessment of why generations considered him the greatest American of them all -- greater even than Washington or any of the Founding generation.
Every anti-Lincoln myth is carefully stated, and understood exactly as its proponents wish to be understood, and then patiently demolished.
This is also perhaps the best book in a generation on the Civil War -- its causes, its justice, its necessity. Krannawitter clearly describes every step in the long path that led to war, and elucidates every controversy. He does justice to both sides, knowing full well that doing full justice to the arguments of the Confederate side not only serves intellectual honesty, but better illuminates the truthfulness and righteousness of Lincoln's case.
The Civil War was a necessary war, and Abraham Lincoln was a great man.Read more ›
These words from the Declaration of Independence are the heart and soul of Abraham Lincoln's political philosophy. Based on the idea of government as a social contract--a government of the people, by the people, and for the people--they express the concept of natural rights.
Thomas L. Krannawitter, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Hillsdale College (Michigan), writes: "Saving the Union of the Constitution, preserving free elections, and placing slavery in the course of ultimate extinction were the goals for which Lincoln fought the Civil War. Unifying and justifying all of them is the principle that all men are created equal."
Krannawitter's brilliant work of scholarship is a devastating critique of historicism, revisionism, libertarianism, multiculturalism, and postmodernism--modern theories of government and morality that embrace relativism and deny the principle of equal rights.
Again, Professor Krannawitter writes, "Lincoln was consistent and unswerving in his demand that freedom, choice, and self-government be understood within the moral and political framework of the 'laws of nature and of Nature's God,' first and foremost in the natural right principle of human equality."
Lincoln's admirable statesmanship is in grave danger in the 21st century. Dr. Krannawitter clearly shows not only the relevance and importance of Lincoln's commitment to human equality for his own day, during the desperate days of the Civil War when the very existence of the Union was in peril, but also for our nation and world today.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Krannawitter's book appears to be a mishmash of slipshod research and battling straw men. Offering little evidence, he claims to rebut the emerging view of Lincoln as a... Read morePublished on June 12, 2012 by Ratso Rizzo
Never have I seen American Political Theory being explained with such clarity to the modern reader within the framework of Abraham Lincoln's Presidency. Read morePublished on May 23, 2011 by Abhilash Nambiar
The book should have been called the lies of Thomas J. DiLorenzo. This book debunks all the half truths, and cherry picking and total lies of DiLorenzo. Read morePublished on January 1, 2011 by Hedley Lamarr
To quote from the review by Stewart L. Winger, a serious and much-published Lincoln scholar (not an ideologue):
"Krannawitter makes little pretense of bringing new... Read more
This is an excellent book to read on President Abraham Lincoln. It gives you both sides of the controversy and lets you see through to the truth, that President Lincoln was the... Read morePublished on November 21, 2009 by J. Johnson
This book is excellent. It provided me a greater understanding of the nature of politics. The book lays out how Lincoln moved the country toward the rejection of slavery. Read morePublished on October 9, 2009 by N. Gill
This book is a response to the contemporary critics of Lincoln by a pedigreed member of the Lincoln cult. Read morePublished on February 23, 2009 by David A. Kaiser
Make no mistake, this is not an unemotional analysis of the contemporary attacks on Lincoln, most or all of which are made by writers who are Libertarian or even neo-Confederate in... Read morePublished on October 3, 2008 by J. Moran