This is one hell of a good review.
Speaking as someone who enjoyed "Lincoln" but also found it inevitably paternalistic. There is so much more to our national history than is commonly imagined...and we are all worse off for our ignorance. All education is history, after all. True history requires literature, imagination, poetry. Which is why the more Foucauldian work of people like Howard Zinn and Walter Johnson (and David Harvey) is so crucial.