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American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

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  • American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson (Vintage Books USA) – Trade paperback (1998)
    by Joseph J Ellis

    American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

    Trade paperback, Vintage Books USA
    1998
    English
    464 pages

    ISBN: 0679764410
    ISBN-13: 9780679764410

    Following his subject from the drafting of the Declaration of Independence to his retirement in Monticello, Joseph Ellis unravels the contradictions of the Jeffersonian character. A marvel of scholarship, a delight to read, and an essential gloss on the Jeffersonian legacy, "American Sphinx" is "history at its best" ("Chicago Tribune"). Winner of the National Book Award.

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CloseReading

Speaking for the Sphinx

by CloseReading on Apr 4, 2013

Joseph J Ellis' consideration of Jefferson's character-not strictly a biography- is elegantly written and provides a wealth of context to a reader interested in one of our most complex founding fathers.

courtneyinatlanta

A bit presumptuous

by courtneyinatlanta on Aug 26, 2010

In continuing with my reading biographies of the founding fathers, I picked up this one about Thomas Jefferson. It's not a straight biography in the sense that it goes through his life chronologically, but rather the author spends a lot of time examining the character of Jefferson. I think he presumed to know a lot more than Jefferson's writings left; in other words, he makes some real leaps in logic that I'm not sure I buy. It's all just a little presumptuous.

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