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Following his subject from the drafting of the Declaration of Independence to his retirement in Monticello, Joseph Ellis unravels the contradictions ...Show synopsisFollowing 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.Hide synopsis
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson (Blackstone Audiobooks) – Audiobook CD (2010)
Joseph J Ellis, Susan O'Malley (Read by)
Audiobook CD, Blackstone Audiobooks 2010
ISBN: 1441717536 ISBN-13: 9781441717535
Ellis presents a nuanced and ambiguous portrait of a president who combined great depth with great shallowness, massive learning with extraordinary navet, piercing insights with grand self-deception.Ellis presents a nuanced and ambiguous portrait of a president who combined great depth with great shallowness, massive learning with extraordinary navet, piercing insights with grand self-deception.Hide
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.
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 ...
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