...the real Lincoln was no Great Statesman but a most ordinary, Illinois machine politician who had maneuvered himself into the White House where he fully intended to continue his machine politician’s ways.
There has been much about Obama's Lincoln obsession and talk (either explicit or implied) of Obama as some sort of "new Lincoln". The unquestioned assumption is that Lincoln was wonderful and our best president ever.
Marvel's 2006 book, Mr. Lincoln Goes to War, says this on the inside cover: "Marvel leads the reader inexorably to the conclusion that Lincoln not only missed opportunities to avoid war but actually fanned the flames — and often acted quite unconstitutionally in prosecuting the war once it had begun." This is obviously not how to win another "Lincoln Prize."