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The American public was nearly deprived of the opportunity to hear 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 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 audio 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.

©2012, 2016 David Barton (P)2016 David Barton

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  • David B. Marks
  • 28-01-2019

Outstanding and Well Documented

This was a great presentation of the facts about Thomas Jefferson, and presented in a fascinating and dramatic manner. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-07-2019

Facts backed up

Excellent telling of Jefferson’s life with backing of source and reference I highly recommend it

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  • mikemc897
  • 01-02-2019

Hard work in obj research vs. lazy attitudes

Enjoyed the deep research in this book and convinced me that i don't know what I don't know.

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  • Vales Tales
  • 07-11-2020

David Barton Does It Again

This book is such an inspirational and fascinating work. And the performances by both David Barton and the actors doing the other historical and academic voices are all outstanding. Because of this book, I also got the app The Founders’ Bible, which Barton spearheaded and it's now one of my favorite reference works. This book is a must for American history buffs, and those in seeing the truth behind the myths.

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  • Jason A
  • 29-10-2020

Excellent and well sourced.

David Burton does an excellent job of giving an overview of many of the current misconceptions of Thomas Jefferson and how he dealt with particular areas in politics and religion. I was particularly impressed by the excellent use of Jefferson’s own words in context as well as corroborative letters to make his points.

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  • Dale Mason
  • 04-09-2020

Fantastic!

So well researched written. Great author-read and actor-enhanced audio. I bought both the book and audio. Many crucially important portions that Barton and team have researched and compiled from original source materials. This 2016 edition is the one to get. One warning: be prepared for frequent stops as you listen and then pull over to find and mark to share. So worth the investment of both time and bucks.

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  • danhuddleston
  • 13-08-2020

Excellent examination into the truth about Jeffers

Love this book. It was really an eye-opener and fact based. All students of history must read this book about Thomas Jefferson. The truth shall see you free.

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  • Paul & Mary Peternel
  • 05-06-2020

Soundly Stated

I was led to this material after a college professor advised I take a recommendation of Barton's 10-DVD "American Heritage Series" out of my master's thesis. I knew that Barton's work on Jefferson had come under fire and was willing to believe he had been a bit overzealous. I looked into it and found that Throckmorton really wasn't qualified to contradict Barton. I looked for the former's book on Audible but it is not available. I also listened to several YouTube interviews of Barton on the subject matter. Eventually, I decided I would listen to the book. I suspect that there is academic elite and secular interest in discrediting Barton, especially on Jefferson, who is a darling of those 2 groups. What Barton presents, with a heavy emphasis on primary sources, is a devout but unorthodox believer in Jesus. Jefferson didn't like St. Paul or the OT God, but he believed Christianity to be the best religion extant. I recommend the listen. It's a convincing presentation. I'll have to see what credible evidence Throckmorton offered.

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  • LoveArt❤️
  • 23-05-2020

Barton nails it!

When you listen to the book, listen to it and approach it from a societal perspective. There are parts of the book, if you approach it from the current societal norms, would appall you. Think of PAST historical times. David Barton brings HISTORICAL FACTS, to the table, to explain Jefferson’s life, indiscretions, and lies that some historians want to spin in talking about Jefferson. The book is well performed and told. It is backed by historical facts. It is worth listening and reading.

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  • S
  • 23-02-2020

Outstanding and based 100% on factual evidence

The evidence is there for anyone to review - excellent read and a must for any serious and unbiased study of Jefferson.

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