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The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson | [David Barton]

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, to fit within a misshapen modern mold. The time has come to remember again. In The Jefferson Lies, prominent historian David Barton sets out to correct the distorted image of once-beloved founding father Thomas Jefferson.
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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 mold. The time has come to remember again.

In The Jefferson Lies, prominent historian David Barton sets out to correct the distorted image of 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 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 again is now.

©2012 David Barton (P)2012 Oasis

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    Amazon Customer Chatsworth, Georgia, United States 05-21-12
    Amazon Customer Chatsworth, Georgia, United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2011

    Onewanderer

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    "Stolen History"

    Barton used primary sources to back up his assertions. Upon further research of those sources- Barton nailed it. His critics both inside and outside of Amazon do not debunk this well foot-noted and accurate work. Read it yourself. If you have the time, research it yourself. In my opinion, you will come to one conclusion concerning Thomas Jefferson - He was indeed a brilliant Christian President. And another conclusions concerning the critics of this book - they are either ignorant of history, or willfully ignorant of primary source history.

    In conclusion,some time during the last half of the past century, the history of Thomas Jefferson was stolen. Stolen, in my opinion, by "academicians" who during a more genteel time would have been labeled what the are - charlatans.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Goslawski Southington, CT United States 07-09-12
    Joseph Goslawski Southington, CT United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Awesome truths about Thomas Jefferson"

    Correcting progressive revisionist history, David Barton brings the truth of our founders life to light!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John 10-26-13
    John 10-26-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a Christian young man who loves to listen to audiobooks at work.

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    What made the experience of listening to The Jefferson Lies the most enjoyable?

    I liked how he quoted from the source documents. He seemed to understand what modern historians are doing wrong. He even recommended certain authors, I have rarely seen that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how he clarified the Sally Cummings controversy. I now have no reservations when I tel people that Jefferson was my favorite U.S. President


    Which character – as performed by Bill DeWees – was your favorite?

    Thomas Jefferson?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Freedom and Truth survive


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first exposure to the controversial historian, David Barton, I was very impressed by him and wish that Audible had more of his books for sale.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Morrissey 05-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "The title says it all."
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in history for two reasons; the subject matter is covered very thoroughly using original document citations to back up his claims, and Mr. Barton clearly explains how these lies have been propagated and what to look for in other history books in order to evaluate their accuracy.


    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Richmond, KY, United States 07-24-12
    Chris Richmond, KY, United States 07-24-12
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    "Destroys the modernism revisionist dispersions"

    One can not argue with original sourcing, can't hide truths either. Very revealing. Want the truth get this book.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Pittsboro, NC, United States 07-20-12
    Donna Pittsboro, NC, United States 07-20-12
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    "Astonishing. Outstanding!"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Jefferson Lies?

    For years, Jefferson was my least favorite of the well-known founding fathers. Now I know he is the least understood. I went in to this book as a skeptic and came out with Jefferson as one of my favorites in American history.


    Any additional comments?

    This book turned everything I'd ever learned about Jefferson up-side down. David Barton uses primary sources and puts Jefferson's words in context so we clearly see the lies we've been taught for decades. This book has opened my eyes to the study of history like no other -- and I read TONS of history. I'll never look at it the same way again. What book with Barton write next? I look forward to it.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James PUEBLO, CO, United States 07-03-14
    James PUEBLO, CO, United States 07-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "fantastic read"

    Amazing the facts that are censored from our text books, after reading the amazing details in this book it makes you understand how great the threat is to our future when we allow social engineers to write our text books

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    daved atlanga, GA, United States 06-02-14
    daved atlanga, GA, United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Overwhelmed in detail. too biased in presentation"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A person with more right leaning views. The book is not over the top, but does not show much objectivity in its content.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Another book about Thomas Jefferson that gives more information about his life and achievements rather than a recital of misrepresentations of Mr. Jefferson and rebuttal in detail of each issue. I don't necessarily disagree with the subject and viewpoint but the detail is too much and doesn't give any insight into Mr. Jefferson as a person or public figure.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing particularly


    What character would you cut from The Jefferson Lies?

    None. The content was just too detail oriented and gave no perspective.


    Any additional comments?

    Wouldn't waste time on this book. Rather boring and laborious.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    David Visalia, CA, United States 03-08-14
    David Visalia, CA, United States 03-08-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Captivating"
    What did you like best about this story?

    How well researched it was with source documentation noted. This was an excellent and captivating story. I hesitated to get it, but am very glad that I did. So much of what I thought about Jefferson has been proved incorrect.


    What does Bill DeWees bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Reader of the book was not my favorite. It wasn't bad, just not great but that is probably more of a personal preference because there was nothing I could point to that was wrong with the reading.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but it totally kept my interest. I actually finished the book much faster than others.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William Brightwood, Virginia, United States 10-30-13
    William Brightwood, Virginia, United States 10-30-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Outstanding and well referenced facts"

    I have always been a Jefferson fan and have read much about him. Barton does a superb job of refuting the myths and lies the public chooses to believe after so many years. The Founding Fathers were certainly not perfect men but clearly Jefferson has been slandered. Thanks for publishing this work. Narration is good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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