Saturday, August 11, 2012
Evangelical author David Barton’s “The Jefferson Lies” draws scrutiny and calls for boycott
A best-seller about Thomas Jefferson by an influential Tea Party and evangelical figure has been recalled after the publisher announced on Thursday that it has detected factual inaccuracies in the book.
Nashville-based evangelical publisher Thomas Nelson is no longer shipping any copies to retailers of “The Jefferson Lies’’ by David Barton and is recalling existing copies from brick-and-mortar retailers. It also has requested to online booksellers that they no longer sell the e-book version and has removed the book from its own website. The book is still being sold on Amazon.
“[We were] contacted by a number of people expressing concerns about The Jefferson Lies,’’ Thomas Nelson said in a statement. “We took all of those concerns seriously, tried to sort out matters of opinion or interpretation, and in the course of our review learned that there were some historical details included in the book that were not adequately supported.”
The book, which was released in April and reached the New York Times best-seller list, aims to debunk liberal beliefs about Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, who was the third president in U.S. history and the primary author of the Declaration of Independence. Barton is a Republican operative and Tea Party figure who has appeared as a guest on Glenn Beck’s show multiple times and made an appearance on “The Daily Show” promoting “The Jefferson Lies’’ in May.