Thursday, March 5, 2009

The ‘real’ Lincoln revealed

Professor, economist and award-winning author Thomas J. DiLorenzo is presenting a lecture entitled The Real Lincoln that promises to “illuminate the essential truths and historic legacy” of the 16th U.S. President.

The free lecture, sponsored by the Fauquier Heritage Institute and the Fauquier County Public Library begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 15, in the John Barton Payne Building, Old Town Warrenton, Virginia.

After the lecture the author will sign his books. He will bring copies of his books, including The Real Lincoln, for people to purchase and he will sign copies of previously purchased titles attendees bring to the lecture.

Mr. DiLorenzo has been acclaimed as a leading economic historian. He subscribes to the Austrian school of economic thought and has been called a modern-day Adam Smith and stalwart defender of liberty. A professor of economics in the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola College in Maryland, Mr. DiLorenzo specializes in economic history and political economy and has authored numerous books and articles.

He is also a senior fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute; a distinguished scholar at the Abbeville Institute and Stephen Dill Lee Institute; and winner of the Franz Cuhel Memorial Prize for Excellence in Economics Education by Prague University. In addition to authoring The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War, he also wrote How Capitalism Saved America; Lincoln Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed to Know About Dishonest Abe; and Hamilton’s Curse: How Jefferson’s Arch Enemy Betrayed the American Revolution - And What it Means For America Today.

His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Reader’s Digest, USA Today, and National Review, among numerous other publications. He has been extensively interviewed by such top-rated radio and television programs as Rush Limbaugh and CSPAN.

In the introduction to The Real Lincoln, the author notes that 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 recent 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, DiLorenzo uncovers a side of Lincoln not told in many history books and overshadowed by the immense Lincoln legend.

The Fauquier Heritage Institute was created to promote the study and love of Virginia and American history. To that end, the Institute is presenting monthly free lectures that seek to provide knowledge, understanding and appreciation of local, regional and national history.

The Fauquier Heritage Institute welcomes volunteers to assist with the lecture series in a variety of capacities. Contact program Co-Chairs Mrs. Paula Johnson, (540) 341-7019, or Mrs. Jackie Lee, (540) 347-0607, for more information.

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