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American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

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  • American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson (Thorndike Press) – Hardcover (2000)
    by Joseph J Ellis

    American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
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    Hardcover, Thorndike Press
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    ISBN: 0783890761
    ISBN-13: 9780783890760

    Thomas Jefferson may be the most important American president; he is certainly the most elusive. He has, at different times, been claimed by Southern secessionists and Northern abolitionists, New Deal liberals and neo-conservatives. Now the historian Joseph J. Ellis restores our most enigmatic national icon to human dimensions, with insight, sympathy, and superb style. Following his subject from the drafting of the Declaration of Independence to his retirement in Monticello, Ellis unravels the contradictions of the ... Show more

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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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