Reading Recommendations: The Jefferson Lies, Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson, David Barton, Foreword by Glenn BeckDidn't Thomas Jefferson father the child of his slave girl? Wasn't he an anti-Christian secularist who rewrote the Bible to his liking? Doesn't the evidence prove he was just another racist, bigoted colonial? Actually, no.The Jefferson Lies exposes those and other all too common assumptions about America's third president as unequivocally false. In doing so, influential historian David Barton explores five fallacies of twenty-first-century logic:deconstructionism, post-structuralism, modernism, min-imalism, and academic collectivism. Breaking these toxic "isms" down, he dissects their role in tainting Jefferson's reputation and provides tools for recognizing (and counteractivating) their insidious influence today.Barton's keen observations illuminate Jefferson' true heart, faith, character, and rightful place as an American hero. Both painstakingly researched with hundreds of end notes citing primary-source documents, and richly absorbing; The Jefferson Lies presents a rousing defense not only of its primary subject, but also of the United States' forsaken history and heritage.And, Abraham's Well, a novel, Sharon Ewell FosterThe year is 1838. Armentia pointed to a well on the land their Cherokee master owned. "It seems hard to believe now, son, but someday we'll have our own land. Land with a well just like this one." Inspired by true events, authentic slave narratives, and other historical accounts, Abraham's Well is the profoundly moving story of the Black Cherokee, African Americans both slave and free, who, along with other native people, walked the Trail of Tears. It is a story of their forced removal from the Southeast to Indian Territory, modern day Oklahoma, and the courage and faith of one woman as she struggles to overcome her desperate circumstances.And it is the story of an author who, in researching and writing, found her own way home.And, Mission to Paris, a novel, Alan FurstIt is the late summer of 1938, Europe is about to explode, the Hollywood film star Fredric Stahl is on his way to Paris to make a movie for Paramount France. The Nazis know he's coming, a secret bureau with the Reich Foreign Ministry has for years been waging political warfare against France, using bribery, intimidation, and corrupt newspapers to weaken French morale and degrade France's will to defend herself.For their purposes, Fredric Stahl is a perfect agent of influence, and they attack him. What they don't know is that Stahl, horrified by the Nazi war on Jews and intellectuals, has become part of an informal spy service being run out of the American Embassy in Paris.The novel is alive with extraordinary characters: the German Baroness von Reschke, a famous hostess, deeply involved in Nazi operations; assassins Herbert and Lothar; the Russian film actress and spy Olga Orlova; the Hungarian diplomat and spy Count Janos Polany; along with the French cast of Stahl's movie, German film producers, and the magnetic women in Stahl's life, the socialite Kiki de Saint-Ange and the Emigre' Renate Steiner.But always at the center of the novel is the city of Paris, the heart and soul of Europe, its alleys and bistros, hotels grand and anonymous, and the Parisians, living every night as though it was their last. As always, Alan Furst brings to life both a dark time in history and the passion of the human hearts that fought to survive it.See you at Rylander!