Writes Bill Steigerwald in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Don't hold your breath waiting for economic historian Thomas DiLorenzo to show up as a guest lecturer at your local Republican Party's next Abraham Lincoln birthday gala. The professor at Loyola College in Baltimore -- who grew up in New Castle and attended Westminster College -- has made too many enemies among Lincoln lovers and mainstream historians whom he says belong to the "Church of Lincoln."
His two short but sacrilegious books, "The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War" and "Lincoln Unmasked," argue, among many things, that Lincoln was a lover of Big Government whose name should be not "The Great Emancipator" but "The Great Centralizer."
I telephoned DiLorenzo, 54, after he wrote a column online arguing that "Honest Abe" would not be the least bit appalled at the political corruption scandal now racking Illinois because it was exactly the kind of politics he played:
Read the great interview.