Recommended Reading: The Real Lincoln
There are not one, but two books with the same title, I would highly recommend you to not only read, but read slowly, chewing and ingesting each chapter, cover to cover. These two books on Lincoln forever changed the way I viewed academia and it’s version of history, not to mention how I viewed one of America’s most beloved historical presidents. While it’s never pleasant to discover you’ve been lied to, this is one case where the truth is more than refreshing, it is liberating. My hope for all who read these two volumes is that truth concerning this historical monster would spread, and we all would learn to more honestly think for ourselves rather than swallow the thinking of the masses like ignorant sheeple.
First published in 1901, Minor was an educated minister who fought in the war alongside those he ministered to. This history of the 16th president is based on an array of testimony from previous biographers and men who knew Lincoln personally. He challenges commonly-accepted perceptions of the martyred president. Solid references for all testimonies.
This is not a biography, and Minor makes it impossible to ignore the cold, hard fact that everything the modern, politically correct world of academia and the Lincoln cult has taught children for generations was a lie. Using first-hand sources – all of them northern (read: “Yankee”) – Minor presents concrete, unbiased evidence not of a great man, but a great myth.
Second, The Real Lincoln : A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War by Thomas J. DiLorenzo. You can get the Kindle edition here.
DiLorenzo’s exceptional work is the icing on the cake that Minor baked, so to speak. From the inside cover:
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 sixteenth 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. To accomplish his goals, Lincoln subverted the Constitution, trampled states’ rights, and launched a devastating Civil War, whose wounds haunt us still. According to this provacative book, 600,000 American soldiers did not die for the honorable cause of ending slavery but for the dubious agenda of sacrificing the independence of the states to the supremacy of the federal government, which has been tightening its vise grip on our republic to this very day.
You will discover a side of Lincoln that you were probably never taught in school—a side that calls into question the very myths that surround him and helps explain the true origins of a bloody, and perhaps, unnecessary war.
“A devastating critique of America’s most famous president.”
—Joseph Sobran, commentator and nationally syndicated columnist
“Today’s federal government is considerably at odds with that envisioned by the framers of the Constitution. Thomas J. DiLorenzo gives an account of How this come about in The Real Lincoln.”
—Walter E. Williams, from the foreword
“A peacefully negotiated secession was the best way to handle all the problems facing Americans in 1860. A war of coercion was Lincoln’s creation. It sometimes takes a century or more to bring an important historical event into perspective. This study does just that and leaves the reader asking, ‘Why didn’t we know this before?'”
—Donald Livingston, professor of philosophy, Emory University
“Professor DiLorenzo has penetrated to the very heart and core of American history with a laser beam of fact and analysis.”
—Clyde Wilson, professor of history, University of South Carolina, and editor, The John C. Calhoun Papers