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The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson Hardcover – April 10, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595554599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595554598
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (484 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Barton is the founder and president of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious, and constitutional heritage. He is the author of many best-selling books, including Original Intent, The Bulletproof George Washington, American History in Black and White, and The Question of Freemasonry and the Founding Fathers. He addresses more than 400 groups each year. Barton was named by Time magazine as one of America s 25 most influential evangelicals, and he has received numerous national and international awards, including Who s Who in Education and Daughters of the American Revolution s highest award, the Medal of Honor. David and his wife, Cheryl, have three grown children.

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David Barton is the founder of WallBuilders, an organization dedicated to presenting America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious, and constitutional heritage. David is author of numerous best-selling works and a national award-winning historian who brings a fresh perspective to history.

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"The Jefferson Lies," is a well written, thoroughly researched, fast paced, enjoyable book to read.
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One would think that if Jefferson was, in fact, Christian, he would make mention of it somewhere in his writings, but that is most certainly not the case.
Bryan J. Kautzman
In 2012 conservative evangelical publisher Thomas Nelson withdrew from publishing Barton's book The Jefferson Lies because of numerous factual errors.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on August 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
"David Barton has perfected the tricky art of being a renowned, best-selling historical author while having absolutely no credentials in history whatsoever. Through his organization WallBuilders, Barton established a goal of "historical reclamation," insisting that his research into American history has built a strikingly different timeline from the one we were all taught in schools (which, incidentally, is the correct one).

Actual historians will tell you that Barton distorts quotes, cherry-picks information, cites fraudulent sources, and straight-up fictionalizes history to serve his political goals. This was never more evident than when he managed to publish his book The Jefferson Lies, which portrayed Thomas Jefferson as a Christian fighting for the rights of slaves, and which was immediately voted "the least credible history book in print" by historians, professors, and Christian scholars (the publisher quickly yanked it off the shelves in response).

So not only does Barton have the support of precisely zero historians, but the [falsehood] of some of his claims is obvious to anyone with a lick of common sense and possibly a calculator. He claims that the American Revolutionary War was fought to end slavery, despite the easily verifiable facts that the majority of the Founding Fathers owned slaves, Britain abolished slavery decades before the United States did, and the United States took another century to add the abolishment of slavery to the Constitution. Barton also claims that the Founding Fathers settled the creationism debate long ago, despite the crippling handicap of not being scientists and having all died before Darwin published his theory of evolution.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Matt on August 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is an accurate portrayal of the life of Jefferson, in the same way that Marvel Comics' Thor is an accurate portrayal of the actual Norse mythology surrounding the god Thor. If you want to learn about Jefferson, go somewhere else. Stay away from this drivel.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy on August 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
How was something like this given any credit? The research is shoddy at best, and is based on discarding pretty much everything written on Jefferson, and instead proclaims a new secret TRUTH, apparently hidden since the early 1800s. It even opposes statements made in George Tucker's 1836 Life of Jefferson, a book written by a man who actually corresponded with Jefferson when he was alive.

As a book it exists to push the political and social motivations of its author. To do this it puts fact and impartiality to the subject as secondary to its primary goal.
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938 of 1,465 people found the following review helpful By James Ferguson VINE VOICE on April 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
To look at David Barton, you would think he is a reasonable fellow, but then he opens his mouth and you wonder where on earth his ideas come from. His notion that the Jefferson Bible was some attempt to simplify the Bible for the Indians is a joke. One can draw on Jefferson's own letters to see he had a hard time coming to terms with the Bible, preferring to cull from it what he considered relevant to a discussion on ethics.

"The whole history of these books [the Gospels] is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it: and such tricks have been played with their text, and with the texts of other books relating to them, that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine. In the New Testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man; and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds. It is as easy to separate those parts, as to pick out diamonds from dunghills." -- Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams, January 24, 1814

Jefferson was a classicist, with a huge library at Monticello devoted to his studies. He had little interest in converting the "natives." He was more concerned with elevating the intellectual life of America, which is why he established the University of Virginia. Mr. Barton would like us to believe in "Lie #2" that Jefferson did not intend this to be a secular school, but rather faith-based, which better suits Barton's own religious temperament. He discards all the classical references which abound in any conventional telling of the founding of the university, choosing instead to focus exclusively on religious aspects. You would think you were reading about Jerry Falwell's Liberty University.
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422 of 671 people found the following review helpful By Etaoin Shrdlu on March 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Anyone familiar with Mr. Barton's works knows he has as much business calling himself a historian as Alan Alda has calling himself a doctor. As a necessary counterpoint to his writings, allow me to quote Jefferson's actual words on the subject of religion in general, and Christianity in particular. Then decide for yourself who to believe: Barton or Jefferson.

"Where did we get the ten commandments? The book indeed gives them to us verbatim. But where did it get them? . . . . the whole history of these books is so defective and doubtful that it seems vain to attempt minute enquiry into it: and such tricks have been plaid with their text, . . . that we have a right, from that cause, to entertain much doubt what parts of them are genuine. In the New testament there is internal evidence that parts of it have proceeded from an extraordinary man, and that other parts are of the fabric of very inferior minds."

Letter to John Adams (1/24/1814) - page 421 of The Adams-Jefferson Letters (The University of North Carolina Press, 1959).

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"The truth is that the greatest enemies to the doctrines of Jesus are those calling themselves the expositors of them, who have perverted them for the structure of a system of fancy absolutely incomprehensible, and without any foundation in his genuine words. And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter."

Letter to John Adams (4/11/1823) - The Adams-Jefferson Letters page 594.
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