The Real Lincoln
by Tom DiLorenzo
Tom DiLorenzo created a stir when he released The Real Lincoln in 2002. The book takes an iconoclastic look at the 16th president, arguing that the Lincoln of legend is based largely on a myth. DiLorenzo shows that Lincoln’s reputation as a crusader for equal rights and a defender of liberty and the Constitution is false. He further argues that Lincoln’s primary concern was the centralization of political power and the institution of his preferred economic system. With this book, DiLorenzo found that many Americans, particularly historians, are not receptive to criticisms of Abraham Lincoln, but agree with him or not, DiLorenzo’s case compels the reader to consider aspects of Lincoln and his administration that have been ignored and forgotten.
Praise for The Real Lincoln
“Professor Thomas J. DiLorenzo has stepped forward with a blockbuster of a book…Read it and regain perspective.” – Paul Craig Roberts, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan
“The Real Lincoln contains irrefutable evidence that a more appropriate title for Abraham Lincoln is not the Great Emancipator, but the Great Centralizer.” – Walter Williams, professor of economics, George Mason University
What to Read First
What to Read Next
The Real Lincoln is a very useful resource for countering the common myths that surround the Civil War, especially in illuminating some of the more unsettling actions and attitudes of northern political leaders. Despite this, I recommend reading Jeffrey Rogers Hummel’s Emancipating Slaves, Enslaving Free Men first for a more comprehensive overview of the war and some of the more difficult questions it raises. Hummel’s work is considerably more balanced and has more depth to the analysis, which goes a long way towards answering many of the questions that DiLorenzo’s book leaves open.