Find Your Next Favorite Book
Our Money-Back Guarantee

ISBN: 1441717552 / ISBN-13: 9781441717559

American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson


Following his subject from the drafting of the Declaration of Independence to his retirement in Monticello, Joseph Ellis unravels the contradictions ... Show synopsis

Find your copy

Buy it from  $43.23
Buy new from  $43.23

Change currency
  • American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson (Blackstone Audiobooks) – Audiobook CD (2012)
    by Joseph J Ellis, Susan O'Malley (Read by)

    American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

    Audiobook CD, Blackstone Audiobooks

    ISBN: 1441717552
    ISBN-13: 9781441717559

    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.

  • 1. Audiobook CD, Blackstone Audiobooks, 2012


    Add to Cart

    Description: New. 12 CDs.

    Show details

Reviews of American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

Overall customer rating: 3.000

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.


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.

Love it or hate it? Review it now

Discussions about American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

Start a new discussion
  1. What's on your mind? Review post guidelines

Join Today!

Share your ideas with other community members

Create account

Already a member?

Log in now

Get $300 in coupons and other goodies. Sign up for newsletter No, thank you.

You're signed up (and we you). Watch for our Welcome e-mail and your first coupon. Thanks!