Capturing the Real Abraham Lincoln James P. Pinkerton June 9, 2005 One hundred and forty years after his death, Abraham Lincoln still stirs passions. It's been estimated that more books have been written about the 16th president than about any historical figure other than Jesus. Now comes yet another Lincoln work, which has caused a ruckus, mostly because it quotes the real Lincoln as he was - what he thought, what he said. Michael Lind, author of "What Lincoln Believed: The Values and Convictions of America's Greatest President," has never shrunk from controversy. In 1999 he published "Vietnam: the Necessary War"; in 2003 he published "Made in Texas," an attack on the political culture of George W. Bush. And now Lind, who is a colleague of mine at the New America Foundation, has done something even bolder: He has written a book guided by Lincoln's own words, on economics, foreign policy and, most provocatively, race. - rest at SOURCE I watched most of a very interesting two hour program on Abraham Lincoln on the History Channel the other day. It was very interesting how his atttitude toward blacks changed from the beginning to the end of his presidency during the war. The program suggested that it was Lincoln's suggestion that blacks be given the right to vote that pushed Booth over the brink in his decision to assassinate Lincoln.