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Legends and Lies: The Civil War.
Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2019
First off, let me say that I have read numerous other books by Bill O'Reilly and have been very pleased with them. This book, however, is the exception. The book is based on the premise that the war (it was not a civil war by definition) was all about slavery. It was not. Like most wars everywhere, it was about money. Lincoln himself expressed concern that the nation could not survive without the money coming from southern tariffs. The north could not allow the South to import/export through Charleston and New Orleans and not pay the excessive tariffs to the north. Lincoln himself wanted to send freed blacks to Liberia. Several northern states passed laws prohibiting freed blacks from living there.
Slavery only became a real issue in 1862 (an election year) when Lincoln was concerned about his party staying in control.
The book is also poorly organized with pictures scattered throughout, some with erroneous captions, disrupting the flow of what is going on.
Another aspect is that the Stars and Bars was not the South's national flag, as was stated, it was the battle flag for the Army of Northern Virginia.
In short, the book is not worth the money and effort that it takes to plow through such a poorly written and organized story. If possible, I would like my money back!