The Jefferson Lies

The Jefferson Lies

Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson

Book - 2016 | Updated ed
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The American public was nearly deprived of the opportunity to read this book.

In 2012 popular historian David Barton set out to correct what he saw as the distorted image of a once-beloved Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson, in what became a New York Times best-selling book, The Jefferson Lies .

Despite the wildly popular success of the original hardcover edition, or perhaps because of it, a campaign to discredit Barton's scholarship was launched by bloggers and a handful of non-historian academics.

What happened next was shocking - virtually unprecedented in modern American publishing history. Under siege from critics, the publisher spiked the book and recalled it from the retail shelves from coast to coast. The Jefferson Lies is thus a history book that made history - becoming possibly the first book of its kind to be victimized by the scourge of "political correctness."

But more than three years later, it's back as an updated paperback edition in which Barton sets the record straight and takes on the critics who savaged his work.

And that's just part of the story. Why did this book spark so much controversy?

It could only happen in an America that has forgotten its past. Its roots, its purpose, its identity all have become shrouded behind a veil of political correctness bent on twisting the nation's founding, and its Founders, beyond recognition.

The time has come to remember again.

This new paperback edition of The Jefferson Lies re-documents Barton's research and conclusions as sound and his premises true. It tackles seven myths about Thomas Jefferson head-on, and answers pressing questions about this incredible statesman including:

Did Thomas Jefferson really have a child by his young slave girl, Sally Hemings? Did he write his own Bible, excluding the parts of Christianity with which he disagreed? Was he a racist who opposed civil rights and equality for black Americans? Did he, in his pursuit of separation of church and state, advocate the secularizing of public life?

Through Jefferson's own words and the eyewitness testimony of contemporaries, Barton repaints a portrait of the man from Monticello as a visionary, an innovator, a man who revered Jesus, a classical Renaissance man, and a man whose pioneering stand for liberty and God-given inalienable rights fostered a better world for this nation and its posterity. For America, the time to remember these truths is now.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : WND Books, c2016
Edition: Updated ed
ISBN: 9781944229023
Branch Call Number: BIO JEFFERSON THOM Bart
Characteristics: xlvii, 363 pages ; 21 cm


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LRS1969 Apr 04, 2016

This book is a joke. Or would be if not accepted as "true" by so many conservatives.

This pseudo-historian wingnut has a track record of "re-writing" history in the best tradition of revisionism history in its most strongest style... and, as a rightwing wingnut, ALWAYS very strongly towards a very Ultra Right bias and agenda.

The fact of an "endorsement" by ultra conservative wingnut Glenn Beck itself speaks volumes. As to the Wikipedia articles, the "highly prejudiced article's", I checked all the ones that were directly or indirectly related to this book, the author, and even Beck... And found them to be quite well referenced and TRUTHFUL as I could determine based upon exhaustive research - often based on their on comments at some prior time).

Maybe this should have been listed as a novel and under the Subject heading of "Alternate Histories" and "Alternate Universes".

NOTICE: Attempts to censor my comments will be fiercely fought under the aegis of American Library Association's beloved principles: Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Read, Intellectual Freedom.

DebAK Apr 03, 2016

This is an interesting article that gives a different perspective than the nowadays imposed idea of "separation of church and state":

Nov 30, 2012

Barton's bunk . . .
Notorious pseudo-historian and far-right Christian conservative, David Barton, battles on the historical-revisionism front of the American culture wars. No credentials in history or law. Any hope of credibility is shredded by the fact that "tears-of-a-clown" Glenn Beck wrote the foreword, a detail curiously omitted from the BiblioCommons record despite his name clearly on the cover. Have a look at: ... Americans United ... Drive-Thru Baloney: Don’t Buy ‘Christian Nation’ Propagandist David Barton’s Junk Food History ... ...and ... Daily Kos ... ... and Right Wing Watch: ... ....... and see also: .... “Blueprint for Theocracy : the Christian Right's Vision for America” .... by James C. Sanford .. published: .. Metacomet Books (May 15, 2014) pbk ... ISBN-10: 0974704245 .... ISBN-13: 978-0974704241 . . . and see “The Christian Nation Myth”. . . by Farrell Till . . . from The Secular Web . . . . . . . . . and . . . more regarding the author’s historical revisionism theocracy agenda, see: . . . Critique of David Barton's "America's Godly Heritage" . . . from . . .

EuSei Sep 25, 2012

(Funny tongue-in-cheek comment, the one above. Because nobody would call a writer "notorious" seriously, c'mon!) What a wonderful book. Mr. Barton is to be commended by the great book he wrote, debunking the lies spread by Liberals. Read this interview with him: This book should be read by children too, so they learn the truth about the Founding Fathers--but the problem is that they don't even know who the Founding Fathers were... David Barton has a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious education from Oral Roberts University, and taught math and science (according to a highly prejudiced Wikipeida “article”). NOTICE: Attempts to censor my comments will be fiercely fought under the aegis of American Library Association's beloved principles: Freedom of Speech, Freedom to Read, Intellectual Freedom.


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