Most historians end up with a one-sided view of their subjects. DiLorenzo's book was very necessary because he is almost the only one on his side of the argument. But, though he reveals a different side of Lincoln, it was not a hidden side. These were Lincoln's words and beliefs. All of our leaders should be examined closely. Henry Wiencek is one author who has recently taken Jefferson to the woodshet. Does it mean that these politicians did nothing for us because they also had tremendous faults? Of course not. Do you think slavery would have ended for decades had it not been for a moderate like Lincoln (he was no abolitionist)? It is much more complex than most books make it out though, including DiLorenzo.