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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 The Real Lincoln, author Thomas J. DiLorenzo uncovers a side of Lincoln not told in many history books and overshadowed by the immense Lincoln legend.
Through extensive research and meticulous documentation, DiLorenzo portrays the 16th 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.
©2003 Thomas J. DiLorenzo (P)2017 Tantor
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"A devastating critique of America's most famous president." (Joseph Sobran, commentator and nationally syndicated columnist)
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By Cynthia Tusan on 12-18-17

A Libertarian View?

I found this writing to be a different perspective than I had read before. Full of references that seem to support this as one perspective to be aware of in understanding all viewpoints regarding the Lincoln legacy.

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By Jaele on 12-14-17

A truly great read!

The narrative enforcing Abraham Lincoln's greatness, that I initially grew up with, was intelligently exposed as a blatant distortion of true history. The Author's arguments were spectacular. I now have a greater respect for both the cause of the Confederacy, State's Rights/Sovereignty, and the importance of the Writ of Habeas Corpus. Any person interested in the "Civil War" (War of Northern Aggression) owes it to themselves to read is book through.

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