The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed about Thomas Jefferson

The Jefferson Lies Exposing the Myths You ve Always Believed about Thomas Jefferson America in so many ways has forgotten 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 t

  • Title: The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed about Thomas Jefferson
  • Author: David Barton Glenn Beck
  • ISBN: 9781595554598
  • Page: 281
  • Format: Hardcover
  • America, in so many ways, has forgotten 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, to fit within a misshapen modern world.The time has come to remember again.In The Jefferson Lies, prominent historian David Barton sets out to correct the distorted image ofAmerica, in so many ways, has forgotten 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, to fit within a misshapen modern world.The time has come to remember again.In The Jefferson Lies, prominent historian David Barton sets out to correct the distorted image of a once beloved founding father, Thomas Jefferson To do so, Barton tackles seven myths head on, 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 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 again is now.

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    • Mike (the Paladin) says:

      I first reviewed this a couple of years ago but noticed I'd left out a set of quotation marks and put them in today. 11/28/17While I'm not a "scholar" (I only have a minor in history and all other "learning" on my part has been autodidactic) I'm not so "fussed" about this book as others seem to be. There has been great consternation since it's publication with people lining up and taking sides (largely along political lines) trying to stifle it or keep it in print.The book is not as I had been l [...]

    • Daniel Bastian says:

      Confirmation bias has taken many victims over the years. And it’s a sure bet that anyone who parrots David Barton is one of them. Best known for providing inaccurate portrayals of the religious views of the founders of this nation, Barton’s fact-deprived tales have found vast refuge in the religious right of America. Glenn Beck (who penned the book's foreword) has even called him “one of the most important men alive today.” If only.The Texan native claims to be rescuing history, despite [...]

    • Sarah (Presto agitato) says:

      I have been trying to make it through this audiobook for almost a year now. I can only handle it in small doses before I get so annoyed I have to take a break. I’m not really sure why I persevered. Maybe just stubbornness. This book is a truly terrible attempt to debunk several myths about Thomas Jefferson from a Christian evangelical revisionist history viewpoint. Most of that amounts to violently whacking at straw men while twisting carefully selected snippets of history, devoid of context, [...]

    • Fred Forbes says:

      As Thomas Jefferson's 6th great nephew, I have some interest in the topic and have seen a number of refutations of the Sally Hemings dna "proof" issue in the past few years. But I had not paid as much attention to the charges that Jefferson was a racist, an atheist, that the University of VA which he established was designed as anti-religion, anti-clergy and purely secular. The author takes on each of these assertions, examines them in the context of their time and often in Jefferson's own words [...]

    • Wanda says:

      I have had a copy of The Jefferson Lies for a while now in a stack of “to read” books, waiting until I had the time to get to it. But after being made aware of the “controversy” over this book last week I bumped it up on my list and have just finished it. As I expected when I bought the book, I found it to be an indispensible volume of historical facts that had been carefully researched and documented—just like I have come to expect from all of David Barton’s books. In this book we g [...]

    • John Martindale says:

      I didn't know about the controversy surrounding the book until I got online to write a review. It looks like for political reasons, the publishers gave into pressure and pulled the book. As a result, many now get the pleasure of dismiss this book as a pile of BS without even reading it. On amazon there are multitudes of petty reviews by people who merely got on to bloat over the fact that a book by a Christian author was pulled off the shelf. It really is sad, for "The Jefferson Lies" is incredi [...]

    • CV Rick says:

      I sat in Barnes and Noble yesterday and read this book. I wouldn't buy - thank God I didn't. David Barton isn't an historian. He's a preacher. It shows. It's obvious that his heroes in history didn't exist - but they are still his heroes nonetheless. He creates his heroes out of the past by picking great deeds and then assigning to those deeds men of character and resilience that he would admire in men of the present. Then he assigns those characters the names of those men in the past who accomp [...]

    • Sandra says:

      Started The Jefferson Lies by David Barton. So far, it is a page turner (despite the numerous footnotes that can distract at times).History is never written by its actors, and when it comes to "accuracy", it is only as good as the research, analysis and referencing done by the author. David Barton is a strong historian. Even if some claim that he has a religious agenda, I find interesting to review historical periods or people using someone else's looking glass: up to me to decide if I believe i [...]

    • James Reyes says:

      All I can say is, "What a pile of unscholarly horseshit!" The list of easily verifiable inaccuracies is beyond baffling. Barton is no more a historian than I am an aerospace engineer.

    • John says:

      Lots of controversy surrounding this book.I won't pretend I'm an expert historian with a vast reservoir of historical knowledge to draw upon. All I can say is that, to me, this book seemed well-reasoned and well-supported (more than half the pagecount consists of footnotes). I believe that some of the criticisms raised against Barton are valid, but I also think the criticism is largely overblown. I think a lot of people simply hate Barton and what he stands for and are more interested in discred [...]

    • Arminius says:

      The most interesting part of this book is how he describes the historical malpractice used by historians. The first is deconstructionism. Deconstructionism is the practice of tearing down heroes and institutions. The second practice employed by historians is Post structuralism. Post structuralism is the belief that each individual interprets history by himself using only his/her personal feelings to judge it. The third is Modernism which is judging history in today’s context. The fourth is Min [...]

    • Owen says:

      You will not find me giving books endorsed y Glenn Beck positive reviews very often. Nor will I buy gold from whatever company he preys on the fears of the elderly for. However, this book recalibrated my views on a central figure in our nations history and would have gotten a fourth star but it was just a little too repetitive for me to give it that one. But every American should read it. I learned some new things, but more importantly, learned things I thought to be true were lies and vice vers [...]

    • Sarah says:

      I have never had a high opinon of Jefferson, but when I saw that Barton had written this book, I was willing to learn. What I found was some very good historical information that did counter many of the lies that people have spread about Jefferson. I also found my dislike for the man had nothing to do with the lies that are smashed within these pages, but with his arrognace and incosistant character (which this book confirmed). I highly reccomend this book. Barton doesn't quate other historians [...]

    • Tom says:

      Author Barton clearly, convincingly, and compellingly with tons of documentation debunks and defeats some critical current conceptions we've been inculturated to think about Thomas Jefferson. Barton's apologetic addresses issues including allegations of Jefferson's paternity of several of his slave-girl Sally Hemmings, the secularity of U.of Virginia, TJ's supposed championing of separation of church and state, authoring his own "bible", and of course his anti-Christian deism. Barton lends tho [...]

    • Kerry Nietz says:

      Prior to reading this book, I had only surface-level knowledge of Thomas Jefferson. I knew he was an important and central figure in the founding of America, and I also suspected he was an intellectual genius. There were many things I’d heard about him that troubled me, though, too. I knew he owned slaves. I’d heard the rumors about illegitimate children. Vaguely remembered there was a movie with that premise. (Never saw it.) I also was used to hearing that he was a deist, or possibly an ath [...]

    • Blain Dillard says:

      Do you remember when you first heard that Jefferson fathered a child by his 14 year old slave mistress, Sally Hemming? Coincidentally, that widely reported news story was broken right in the midst of Bill Clinton's Monica Lewinsky scandal, written by a "scientist" against the impeachment of the then President. What you may not know was that story was later debunked and retracted, and of course, that was scarcely reported. Such are the insights found in The Jefferson Lies. I found this book a ver [...]

    • Michael says:

      Excellent read! The author, David Barton goes straight to the source for information: 1) Thomas Jefferson's own writings, 2) Jefferson family writings, 3) Friends & Acquaintenances of Jefferson, their writings, 4) Newspaper articles of the period, 5) Historical sequences based on fact rather than modern conjecture; this he documents solidly.No wonder those who want to re-write history (revisionist), especially Jefferson's history are up in arms about this book. It's even more interesting tha [...]

    • Bernice says:

      As in all of David Barton's books (at least the ones that I've read), EVERYTHING is thoroughly documented, which I appreciate. It does make the reading slightly tedious, but while reading, you know you are truly getting the facts. Even though I thought I knew quite a lot about Jefferson, this book made me realize what a great man he was, not perfect, but a thinker who knew what he believed and why. I especially appreciated the refutation of the Hemmings story, and the reasoning behind WHY Jeffer [...]

    • Samantha says:

      This book was challenging to listen to, and I can't imagine it is any easier on the eyes in its physical format. Although there are some great points made about how modern writers often misinterpret history, the writing style in general was repetitive to the point of being condescending. Even worse, some of the faults Barton (rightly) accuses other authors of, he is just as guilty of himself.People who do not study history think that it is boring and simple. They are not aware of the heated deba [...]

    • Nicholas says:

      In addition to the historical errors, this book suffers from two primary problems:First, there is significant weight to the argument that Barton is responding to straw men. While he claims to be responding to the “twentieth-century practices that now dominate the study of American history and its heroes: Deconstructionism, Poststructuralism, Modernism, Minimalism, and Academic Collectivism.” (xvi), an examination of his footnotes tells a very different story. For chapters 3-7, Barton takes a [...]

    • Sandy Shin says:

      I picked up this book because of the promises made by the seller,all of which were as full of lies and misstatements as the book itself.This is a book I threw away, along with the others I'd bought at the same time by this liar. The only hopeful news I can give is that, in this day of easy fact checking, it will be so much harder for someone to get away with distortions, omissions and willful lying in order to rewrite history to his own twisted point of view.Double check everything David Barton [...]

    • AJ says:

      ©2012ISBN: 978-1-59555-459-8 (hc)I started this book with one goal in mind: to become more educated about our Founders and our Founding. On Thanksgiving Day, 2015, I was with family (of course) and, once again, had to listen to the incessant drum beat of liberal “thought” on at least three topics, including how our opening up channels with Cuba was a GOOD idea; why we’re a nation of immigrants instead of citizens (my insistence that, just because my ancestors came through the slave trade [...]

    • Nathan says:

      While I thought the book was a good counter balance to the modern hatred of Jefferson, I kept wondering if Barton’s view of Jefferson was the accurate one or the view he wanted me to have. It seems more reading is necessary to find out.

    • Jay Perkins says:

      There was a period of time in my youth when I was influenced by David Barton and other advocates of the "Christian America" thesis. A theme that had great impact upon me was their accusation that history written by academic professors was false and untrustworthy because the scholars who wrote it were promoting an anti-God, anti-America agenda. The result for me was a suspicion of academic history, and I sadly avoided reading American colonial history in general. Unsurprisingly, this is a major t [...]

    • Steven Larter says:

      I've had this book for a while and was waiting for the right time to read it, apparentlyw was the time. I actually have the original version published by Thomas Nelson which was censored by the progressives that infest this country (thankfully the book was re-published by a different company with the actual balls to stand up against censorship), but I digress.David Barton tackles the seven most pervasive lies about Jefferson (as Barton sees them) that mostly started back in the election of 1800, [...]

    • Kristen says:

      When this book was first published, Barton was attacked relentlessly. Even though a fourth of this book is footnotes from original sources, the attackers claimed Barton got Jefferson all wrong. They believed in a racist, anti-religious, proslavery Jefferson and Barton's book proved they were taking history out of context. In an unprecedented move, the publisher pulled the book off the shelves without even the courtesy of informing Barton. I find this very strange. How often does a book get banis [...]

    • Sandra Strange says:

      Everyone who is interested in history ought to read this well documented book that shows how very UNobjective historians are in their portrayals of historical figures and events. This author shows how so much of the modern view of Jefferson is just plain WRONG. The book documents each lie, quotes modern historians that accept and repeat the lie, quote MULTIPLE documents that show that the opposite is actually true, then shows how the lie originated, quoting letters and contemporary documents and [...]

    • Douglas Wilson says:

      I decided I should read this because of my endorsement of Ted Cruz, and the association that Cruz has with Barton. I am going to be reading Throckmorton next, along with some of Barton's other critics, so I might adjust my 4-star rating when I have done so, but for the present let me say that I really enjoyed this book, and particularly enjoyed the extensive quotations from primary sources. There is a lot of good information here. At the same time, I am reserving my right to adjust this assessme [...]

    • John Ellis says:

      The deception in this book is so blatant and absurd that it would be slightly amusing if I didn't have family and friends who have swallowed Barton's balderdash. I read this book with my copies of Jefferson's letters beside me, constantly referencing those letters. Barton's lies are often so obvious as to be puzzling. Unwilling to ascribe motive, I'm not going to speculate as to Barton's endgame. I do, however, encourage people to check Barton's claims against Jefferson's own words.

    • Pierre A Renaud says:

      christian-right-historian-david-barton-in-freefall-over-jefferson-lies thedailybeast/articles/2012/0

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