The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War | Thomas J. DiLorenzo

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2019: Book #10

Has a book ever made you angry? This book had me furious at times. The book is The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War by Thomas J. DiLorenzo.


DiLorenzo will take a Lincoln quote from 1840 and try to apply it in 1862. My dear sir, it doesn’t work like that. You must give room for people to grow, for situations to change, and knowledge to change a perspective.

DiLorenzo is a hack. He’s a libertarian who uses Lincoln to combat both Republicans and Democrats. He lands at a conclusion that all the other scholars are wrong about Lincoln and only he is right. His book is a scathing review of Lincoln’s policies, the war, and his legacy.

DiLorenzo writes, “McClellan was replaced several months later (Lincoln was unhappy with his alleged slowness and indecisiveness)…”

McClellan’s ALLEGED slowness?  ALLEGED indecisiveness?

We have the letters.
We have the testimony of eyewitnesses.
We have the war records.

Dear Mr DiLorenzo, stop rewriting history. Your attempt to undermine Lincoln’s legacy does not help your own argument as to which governing philosophy is the best.

He writes, “The Southern economy was almost destroyed by the Federal army and navy during the war.”

It was a civil war. Therefore, you can’t just lift it out of history and try to judge it by modern standards.

DiLorenzo tries to make a case that Lincoln was waging war on citizens. Again, put the war in context. It was a civil war. The dueling armies were made of citizens. Yes, Sherman’s march south was an attack, but again, Lincoln was trying to break the south.

It’s like DiLorenzo only wants to view history through a straw and only use the tiny view he sees.

After doing some research of my own, I’ve learned that DiLorenzo is building a career by attempting to destroy Lincoln.

This book is crap.

I give the book a 0 out of 5 stars.

That’s book #10 for 2019.

42 more to go.

Remember, all leaders are readers.
If you want to be a better leader…be a reader.

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