Friday, August 10, 2012

Just the Facts, Man

We recently brought word of a survey by the History News Network (HNN) Web site, which asked readers to choose what they thought was “the least credible [U.S.] history book in print.” The winner? The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson (2012), by Texas Republican activist David Barton.

Now, this surely can’t be credited to HNN’s poll, but it’s being reported that Barton’s publisher, Thomas Nelson, is “ceasing [the book’s] publication and distribution due to Barton's inaccuracies.”

Let’s hope this scandal leads to a great deal more fact-checking of future Thomas Nelson titles.

READ MORE:Hard Truth for Author: Publisher Pulls The Jefferson Lies,” by Jennifer Schuessler (The New York Times); “Glenn Beck to Bring Back Recalled Thomas Jefferson History,” by Carolyn Kellogg (Los Angeles Times).


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