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 ...
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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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.
Aug 26, 2010
A bit presumptuous
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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