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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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the eye opening book on Lincoln!

in this well-written book not only citations from other books but from the subjects own words is used to describe the real Lincoln. highly recommended for any true scholar of the life of Lincoln and the true source of the Civil War.

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Interesting Perspective

This book presents such a fascinating perspective of Lincoln as a dictator. While some of the claims of the author are a little extreme, the general thesis is very well supported.

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A Must Read!

This eye-opening account of the real Lincoln will fly in the face of what most of us were deliberately mistaugut.

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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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The tyrannical centralization of US revealed<br /><br />

Absolute must- read for those who want to know the truth about when and how the US "went off the rails"

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A Truly Excellent Book!

The actual destructive nature of Abraham Lincoln on "state's rights", and other constitutional limits on the central government, are magnificently laid out in this superb book!

On a personal note, I deeply appreciate Thomas J. Dilorenzo's abiding courage, and dedication to present an unvarnished overview of Abraham Lincoln. To put it another way; the truth of the man, and not the myth we have been incalcated with by "the gate keepers". Thank you Dr. Delorenzo!

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Amazing!

Loves this audiobook! Blew my mind at the content in it. I highly recommend it!

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Tour de force!

Great read to understand the original intent of the foundation of USA....and the day it fell into the hands of authoritarians.

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What A Revelation

I knew very little of the U.S. Civil War and its causes and outcomes, and Lincolns integral role in it all. Economic reasons for the cause make the most sense. How sad to learn of the immense devistation the North inflicted on the South. If Lincoln had truly been the benevolent sage and wise leader, there would have been an omnipresent outpooring of compassion to all of humanity instead. But, the actions of the North towards the South absolutely reflect the Truth of who Lincoln was.

One need only observe Lincoln's actions and actual words to see the true man he was.

This book laid out an excellent argument with facts to illustrate the actual Lincoln, based on his actions and deeds.

I highly reccomend!

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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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