'The Jefferson Lies' is recalled by publisher Thomas Nelson(Read article summary)
'The Jefferson Lies' by David Barton was intended as a myth-busting biography of Thomas Jefferson, but publisher Thomas Nelson says it has received numerous reports of factual errors in the book.
The book â€śThe Jefferson Liesâ€ť by author David Barton has been recalled by publishers after numerous complaints of historical inaccuracies.
â€śHistory books routinely teach that Jefferson was an anti-Christian secularist, rewriting the Bible to his liking, fathering a child with one of his slaves, and little more than another racist, bigoted colonist â€“ but none of those claims are actually true,â€ť the press release for the book read.
The publisher, Thomas Nelson, said in a statement that it had received complaints from numerous readers that there were factual errors in the book, which reached the New York Times bestseller list in May.
â€śWe took all of those concerns seriously [and] learned that there were some historical details included in the book that were not adequately supported,â€ť said the publisher, which focuses on releasing Christian-based titles.
Barton told the newspaper the Tennessean that he had little warning of the situation.
â€śAll I got was an email saying it was canceled,â€ť Barton said. â€śIt was a complete surprise.â€ť
Barton co-founded and currently serves as president for an organization called WallBuilders, which is a â€śpro-family organization that presents America's forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our moral, religious and constitutional heritageâ€ť as stated on its website.
A writer and professor, Warren Throckmorton, co-wrote a book titled â€śGetting Jefferson Rightâ€ť that criticized Bartonâ€™s version of events in â€śThe Jefferson Lies.â€ť Throckmorton told the Tennessean that one of Bartonâ€™s errors lay in his description of Jeffersonâ€™s attitude toward slaves. Barton wrote that Jefferson never freed any of his slaves, said Throckmorton. Throckmorton says Jefferson freed two of them.
Barton says thatâ€™s incorrect.
â€śThis is one of the cases where he is just nuts,â€ť he said of Throckmorton.
Others who asked Thomas Nelson to investigate factual inaccuracies in the book included several ministers from Ohio.