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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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  • 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 (524 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Gramsci's "long march through the institutions" has almost been completed by the cultural-marxist left...almost. There are still men such as David Barton who will take on the academic left and expose the lies they tell.

Such is the case with David Barton's latest work: "The Jefferson Lies" in which he completely debunks the lies that the last few generations have been taught in American "education".

Mr. Barton explodes the deliberate lies invented by the left in academia as well as showing the tools used to distort, change or simply replace history with lies made of whole cloth such as my personal favorite "Deconstructionism. The lies David Barton takes on are: Jefferson fathered a child by slave Sally Hemmings, Jefferson founded a purely secular university, Jefferson wrote an essentially atheist Bible, jefferson was a racist, Jefferson advocated a secular government and public square (the old "separation of church and state" lie), and that Jefferson hated the clergy and was an atheist.

The author recounts the momentous announcement that DNA evidence "proved" Jefferson fathered children by Sally Hemmings, hailed by the left, while showing the DNA testing actually only proved that one of twenty-seven Jefferson males could have fathered a child by her. The child most researchers accused Jefferson of fathering showed no genetic link to any Jefferson male - period!

Mr. Barton shows how the academic left lies through their teeth by quoting snippets of Jefferson's writings while the author reproduces them, in many cases, in their entirety to show how Jefferson's words were taken out of context or simply twisted.
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15 of 24 people found the following review helpful By John Bales on April 24, 2015
Format: Hardcover
If you are interested in genuine scholarship, run...don't walk, elsewhere. Even the author's original publisher dumped this book when scholars made them aware of the level of errors in this book.

In regards to books published by "Wallbuilders, please be aware that this is Barton's Texas-based group that sells many books and DVDs pushing his vision of religious patriotism. Consider that a person that owns the publisher controls the message, so there's no reasonable guarantee that the book have been independently reviewed for scholarship or an objective historical work.

It is worth knowing something about the authors that write books of historical research as some are worth avoiding due to a history of poor scholarship.

Barton's academic credentials in history are non-existent, he was self-taught (not necessarily bad in itself but more apt to include mistakes, misinterpretations, misrepresentation, and lack of objectivity. Buyer beware). In 2012 Thomas Nelson, the original Christian publisher of Barton’s book, "The Jefferson Lies", recalled it for too many serious factual errors, even though it was on the NY Times Best Seller list at the time. Professors Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter of Grove City College, a conservative Christian school in Pennsylvania, even wrote another book in 2012, "Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President", that debunks Barton’s claims. This would be a better read that wasting your time on this book.

That same year, readers of the History News Network (a nonpartisan network affiliated with George Mason University) voted Barton’s book the “least credible history book in print.” This seriously raises questions about the author's lack of historical credentials as well as the reason behind his books as most a pushing a seriously far-right agenda. Again, if you want serious scholarship, I'd avoid any books by David Barton.
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981 of 1,542 people found the following review helpful By James Ferguson VINE VOICE on April 3, 2012
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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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