Originally created 02/23/03

Book on Lincoln filled with inaccuracies



A few of your readers, while engaging in the area's sport of bashing former President Abraham Lincoln, have used Thomas DiLorenzo's book, The Real Lincoln, to defend their own distorted and revisionist views on the Civil War.

Anyone who has researched the book knows that Mr. DiLorenzo used misquotes, and wrongly attributed quotations to support his thinly-disguised propaganda. Many of the people who reference this book speak disparagingly of the "Northern history books," which stress Mr. Lincoln's role in freeing the slaves.

I believe some history books often do give us a glorified and incomplete view of Mr. Lincoln, but they come much closer to the truth than the fantasy version of Mr. Lincoln depicted by Thomas DiLorenzo.

Jim Murrah, Martinez, Ga.