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So many thousands of books deifying Abraham Lincoln have been published that it is nearly impossible for the average citizen to learn much of anything that is truthful about Lincoln’s presidency. 

This book should create doubt in anyone’s mind over the designation of Abraham Lincoln as America’s greatest president. Some may even decide that he was the worst. 

You’ll learn that Lincoln promised to protect slavery forever in his first inaugural address by endorsing the “Corwin Amendment” to the Constitution, which would have prohibited the federal government from ever interfering with Southern slavery. It should rightly be known as Lincoln’s “slavery forever” speech. 

You’ll learn that the real reason why Lincoln launched an invasion of his own country (he never admitted that secession was legal or legitimate) was to destroy the voluntary union of the founders and replace it with a coerced union held together by violence and threats of violence, much more like the old Soviet Union than the original American union. 

You were probably not taught in school that by waging total war on Southern civilians and bombing Southern cities into a smoldering ruin, Lincoln violated all moral codes and international law regarding waging war on civilians and opened the door to the horrific atrocities of 20th-century warfare. 

Finally, Professor DiLorenzo introduces listeners to the real Abraham Lincoln. 

©2020 by Thomas J. DiLorenzo (P)2020 by Blackstone Publishing

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Not sure about this guy

The book started off interesting. Then I just felt like this man hates Lincoln and was really just trying to make him a huge piece of shit. I couldn’t tell if he was giving factual representation or his own opinions. He seems to be quoting Lincoln and other but from where. After looking him up seems he has left out a lot of information. He hates big government and war. Which is fine I do too but his book has no balance he just seem to be pushing his own bias and finding sources to back up his belief. I’ll have to find another book to get a fair look into Lincoln. I just can’t take this man word his bias is to apparent.

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Excellent

An excellent narrative and history to counter the Neocon and Marxist myth of an honest and benevolent Lincoln. He was a tyrant and a despot. The sooner his myth is destroyed the better off we will be.

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Trash

He begins to make interesting observations but everything is cherry picked and taken out of context. He doesn’t use any dates in reference to speeches or statements made. Everyone knows that a politician will say whatever they can to get elected. I don’t believe Abraham Lincoln was a racist and yet it definitely cast a shadow on the author’s intention and agenda to undermine one of the greatest presidents and Republican Party. I listen to half the book and at a certain point I couldn’t bear to waste anymore time

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eye opening

Forget everything you thought you knew about Lincoln, examine how history has rewritten to tell a fictional story instead of the reality found in this book!

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Excellent Abraham Lincoln Book!

This is yet another great book on A. Lincoln written by Dr. Dilorenzo. I am thankful that the author has not grown weary of writing about this very dreadful American president. This is especially true since Dr. Dilorenzo presents facts about Lincoln that are usually minimized or glossed over by the official Lincoln gate keepers.

This review of course relates to the audio edition of "The Problem with Lincoln". So let me add that John McLain did an outstanding job reading the text! Also let me say thanks to Audible for making it available through their great app.

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Challenging the "Lincoln Greatness" Narrative

The author presents Lincoln in a light very different from most writers. In this book, Lincoln isn't the man who preserved what was understood to be an inseparable union. Lincoln isn't the man who used the conflict to achieve his goal of freeing the slaves. And he isn't the deeply religious man whose actions were guided by his understanding of the Bible and his creator.

Instead, this Lincoln ordered military attacks on his own countrymen, oversaw grisly acts of military barbarism that are now outlawed by international convention, created the foundation of big government that threatens to swallow us today, sent those who opposed his actions to prison, and proclaimed freedom for slaves only in areas in which he had no jurisdiction (even surgically dividing West Virginia by counties to which the Emancipation Proclamation did or didn't apply based on their tie to his government).

This Lincoln is not the great man who restored a union that was designed to be inseparable. Instead, he's the one who made Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal and todays bureaucracy possible. The forerunner of military and political leaders who engaged in scorched-earth polities, killed noncombatants, and destroyed private property.

Anyone with an interest in Lincoln must read this book. You may come away believing this narrative or the traditional historical version of Lincoln. Or somewhere in between. But absorbing and understanding this narrative can't help but influence at some level your assessment of our 16th president.

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What I’ve always known in my heart...

...this book has given me Lincoln’s own words to prove. Being raised as a Southerner I could always feel that someone who was supposed to be a great hero and statesman would not have ordered the decimation of women and children in his own country. This is not even to mention the fact that secession was Constitutional, being a voluntary and not coerced Union. God bless DiLorenzo!

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What School Failed to Teach You

I was dumbfounded at how little understanding I had regarding who Lincoln was, what he did, why he did what he did, and how his actions fundamentally changed American history. This is essential reading for anyone wishing to understand why some people have such little respect for him. Get this recording and gain a new perspective.

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what a narrative....

I dont have much to say other than I need to do some real in depth study to find the truth. What a head spin if it is true....

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It fills in some gaps for me on the Civil War

For me there have always been gaps in the narrative about why the North pursued the war with the Confederate states. We were taught it was to free the slaves, which didn't always ring true. DiLorenzo offers a few reasons why in this book.