I just finished perusing through McFarland’s catalog which arrived today in the mail. As I was going through the Civil War section I came across this gem of a title, Did Lincoln and the Republican Party Create the Civil War? Can someone please tell me how a publisher can release a book with such a ridiculous title? Better yet, here is the brief description of the book:
The author seeks to challenge the long-held perceptions of the politics of the American Civil War. He argues that the war was fought not to preserve the Union or free the slaves but rather to establish the political power of the Republican Party within the federal government. The author argues further that Abraham Lincoln and the Republican Party manipulated events to bring about the Civil War in the first place and used the war as a pretext for the establishment of the modern central government.
I have to believe that this is not what the book is about, but the result of some marketing genius who attempted to reduce the author’s thesis down to three sentences. I admit that I have not read this book nor do I own a single title from this publisher. Actually, the more I think about the more I am convinced that this is exactly what the book is about.