Now don't go and get on your conservative high horse just because a "star" of conservative 'history' has provided the worst history book - 2nd place was taken by Howard Zinn's book, People’s History of the United States
And the Worst Book of History Is …
... the right has scored an interim victory — if that’s the word — in a weeklong contest to determine “the least credible history book in print” just concluded by the History News Network. After a week of voting by readers, David Barton’s “The Jefferson Lies” won with some 650 votes, narrowly edging the left-wing historian Howard Zinn’s “People’s History of the United States,” which received 641 votes.
I do love me some academic commentary
from the History News Network site comes this little comment about Mr Barton's pseudo-history“I don’t really enjoy defending Zinn, but the other four are clearly on another level of awful,” wrote another commenter. “Zinn is tendentious and strident and polemical and oversimplifies everything, the others are obviously all worse.”
and further commentary-- in an email to HNN, Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter, professors at Grove City College and authors of Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President, wrote that "Barton misrepresents and distorts a host of Jefferson's ideas and actions, particularly his views and practices regarding religion, slavery and church-state relations." A commenter on HNN's boards noted that the book "looks like an intentional attempt to mislead and decieve(sic) in the guise of history. "
As Jefferson did with the Gospels, Barton chooses what he likes about Jefferson and leaves out the rest to create a result more in line with his ideology. In fact, there were so many problems with his book that we wrote an entire book in response.
--Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter, authors of: Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President