I read this the first time over a year ago and recently re-read it. It really takes more than a single reading to fully absorb the information.
In the meanwhile I have been browsing the reviews and they seem to be divided into two camps: the first camp read the book, checked the references and kept an open mind. These people seem to rate the book highly.
The next group who have obviously not read the book and criticize DiLorenzo for everything up to and including halitosis and rate the book low.
So far I have been unable to find single negative "review" from anyone who seems to have read the book. So far I have not seen any obvious sign that any of the single star reviers have cracked the cover. If the negative reviewers here would kindly list a single example of flawed research or falsified evidence I would be happy to check it out.
Don't you get it? You negative folks are just making yourselves look stupid for reviewing a book you have obviously never seen much less read.
Yeah, this book deconstructs St. Abraham. Yes this is NOT what you have learned in your government schools. Yes, this is a ugly history. Real history frequently is ugly.
I just read "Brainwashed" and its funny that the reviews of this book support Shapiros conention that schools brainwash students and suppress debate on most subjects and that instead of real debate, authorities resort to personal attacks against the messenger.
They never question or debate the facts. Not once in a a single negative review have I seen even one "reviewer" document a single error of fact in DiLorenzo's work.
No one has taken a single example from the book that is demonstrably in error or even questionable. Not one.
This is a very good book. It is an uncomfortable book. Like most of us I was taught of Lincoln's "greatness". It was not easy to question 40 years of schooling and yes - brainwashing.
This is an important work and anyone lambasting it without reading it is merely wallowing in their own ignorance. They are afraid of the facts evidenced that no one had yet questioned any.
To you negative reviewers; before writing think. Ask yourself: "Have I read this book and have factual objections?", or "I have read this book and am not convinced because...."
Not - "arrggh, an Anti-St Abraham book. Hey, Captain Kirk admired Lincoln so must I. My 3rd grade teached told me Lincoln was our greatest president. Oh my we can't have this questioning of St. Abraham. Never mind that I've not read the book, never mind that I have no clue what I am talking about. Never mind that I am making myself look like an idiot in front of millions of Amazon surfers....
Try it you might like it.