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Thomas Jefferson
Dumas Malone
1882886003
Feb 2002
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Book Description
In this small jewel of a biography, readers will become acquainted with the mind and temperament of Thomas Jefferson as written by the greatest of Jefferson scholars. Dumas Malone, author of the unrivaled six-volume biography, Jefferson and His Time, brought fifty years of research and scholarship to the writing of this essay. It is a life story told with great respect and without hero worship.

About the Author
At the time of his death late in 1986, Dumas Malone was acknowledged as the greatest scholar ever to study and write a biography of Thomas Jefferson. Born in Mississippi, educated at Emory and Yale, and a Marine Corps veteran of World War I, Malone was editor-in-chief of the scholarly Dictionary of American Biography and wrote a 15,000-word life of...


Thomas Jefferson
R. B. Bernstein
0195181301
September 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
And still they come, these biographies of Thomas Jefferson-so many, in fact, that it's sometimes hard to tell them apart. But not this one. Veteran historian Bernstein (Amending America, etc.) pulls off a remarkable feat: he writes of Jefferson and his "ambiguous legacies" with utter serenity, detachment and balance. He takes no sides and offers no particular arguments about the man. Instead, in prose of the utmost directness and clarity, Bernstein simply lays out the great founder's life in all its complexities, achievements and, at the end, ruin-by which he means not only Jefferson's late-life financial plight but also his sad conviction that a new generation had become unfaithful to "his" Revolution. The acid test these days for partisan or skeptical biographers of Jefferson is how to present his relationship...


Thomas Jefferson
James Cross Giblin
0439810671
Mar 2006
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5-The author and illustrator team that produced George Washington (Scholastic, 1992) score again with this readable, beautifully illustrated title. Through abundant, well-placed text, Giblin builds on incidents from his subject's life to uncover the shy, quiet nature of the man who would become the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States. Dooling's oil paintings provide dazzling backgrounds. Each double-page spread is richly executed, making Jefferson, the boy and the man, come alive. Important dates in his life are appended as are quotes from his letters. There is a full description of Monticello, followed by a detailed index for both text and artwork. A high-quality biography.Dot Minzer, North Barrington School, Barrington, ILCopyright 1994 Reed...


Thomas Jefferson
R. B. Bernstein
0195169115
July 2003
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
And still they come, these biographies of Thomas Jefferson-so many, in fact, that it's sometimes hard to tell them apart. But not this one. Veteran historian Bernstein (Amending America, etc.) pulls off a remarkable feat: he writes of Jefferson and his "ambiguous legacies" with utter serenity, detachment and balance. He takes no sides and offers no particular arguments about the man. Instead, in prose of the utmost directness and clarity, Bernstein simply lays out the great founder's life in all its complexities, achievements and, at the end, ruin-by which he means not only Jefferson's late-life financial plight but also his sad conviction that a new generation had become unfaithful to "his" Revolution. The acid test these days for partisan or skeptical biographers of Jefferson is how to present his relationship...


Sworn on the Altar of God
Edwin S. Gaustad
0802801560
Jan 1996
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From Booklist
This timely reminder of Jefferson's lifelong commitment to religious liberty is also a clearly written account of the origins and context of the commitment. At the same time, it is a rich introduction to Jefferson's life and work, with some attention to the contradictions that abounded in the life of a champion of liberty who was also a southern slaveholder. Gaustad's concluding quotation from an early biographer of Jefferson is a good summary of the importance of his subject: "If Jefferson was wrong, America is wrong." This book is a valuable contribution to reflection on both possibilities. Steve Schroeder


Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West
Stephen E. Ambrose
0684826976
June 1997
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Book Review
A biography of Meriwether Lewis that relies heavily on the journals of both Lewis and Clark, this book is also backed up by the author's personal travels along Lewis and Clark's route to the Pacific. Ambrose is not content to simply chronicle the events of the "Corps of Discovery" as the explorers called their ventures. He often pauses to assess the military leadership of Lewis and Clark, how they negotiated with various native peoples and what they reported to Jefferson. Though the expedition failed to find Jefferson's hoped for water route to the Pacific, it fired interest among fur traders and other Americans, changing the face of the West forever. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly
Ambrose has written prolifically about men who were...


The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805
Richard Zacks
1401300030
June 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
The author of The Pirate Hunter,which made Captain Kidd come to life, focuses here more broadly on a piracy hot spot. Resolved to stop the enslavement of American merchant sailors by North African nations, Jefferson deployed most of the infant U.S. Navy to the Mediterranean and sent a column of troops overland from Egypt to place the pasha of Tripoli's brother Hamet on the throne in 1801. The leader of that motley array of mercenaries, Muslim tribesmen, Hamet's retainers and a handful of U.S. Marines was the colorful and combative William Eaton, who led them more than 500 miles across the desert to "the shores of Tripoli." By the time he arrived, peace negotiations were underway, in the hands of one Tobias Deane, who was neither honest nor competent. Eaton had to abandon Hamet and was in turn virtually abandoned...


Thomas Jefferson: Author of America (Eminent Lives Series)
Christopher Hitchens
0060598964
May 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
In this brief yet dense biography, the newest in HarperCollins's Eminent Lives series, Hitchens (A Long Short War, etc.) proposes that Jefferson "designed America" when he wrote the Declaration of Independence, establishing "the concept of human rights, for the first time in history, as the basis for a republic." Hitchens is quick to point out, however, the obvious contradiction-that Jefferson was both an advocate for freedom and a slaveholder. Beginning with his aristocratic upbringing, which Jefferson purportedly viewed with "indifference," this biography explores both the private and public aspects of Jefferson's life, from his political philosophies to his affair with his slave Sally Hemings. In an attempt to set the facts straight about Hemings, Hitchens explains that, while technically a slave, she was...


American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
Joseph J. Ellis
0679764410
April 1998
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Book Review
Well timed to coincide with Ken Burns's documentary (on which the author served as a consultant), this new biography doesn't aim to displace the many massive tomes about America's third president that already weigh down bookshelves. Instead, as suggested by the subtitle--"The Character of Thomas Jefferson"--Ellis searches for the "living, breathing person" underneath the icon and tries to elucidate his actual beliefs. Jefferson's most ardent admirers may find this perspective too critical, but Ellis's portrait of a complex, sometimes devious man who both sought and abhorred power has the ring of truth. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly
Penetrating Jefferson's placid, elegant facade, this extraordinary biography brings the sage of...


Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West
Stephen E. Ambrose
0684811073
February 1996
Hardcover
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Book Review
A biography of Meriwether Lewis that relies heavily on the journals of both Lewis and Clark, this book is also backed up by the author's personal travels along Lewis and Clark's route to the Pacific. Ambrose is not content to simply chronicle the events of the "Corps of Discovery" as the explorers called their ventures. He often pauses to assess the military leadership of Lewis and Clark, how they negotiated with various native peoples and what they reported to Jefferson. Though the expedition failed to find Jefferson's hoped for water route to the Pacific, it fired interest among fur traders and other Americans, changing the face of the West forever.

From Publishers Weekly
Ambrose has written prolifically about men who were larger than life: Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon,...


Who was Thomas Jefferson
Dennis Brindell Fradin
0448431459
July 2003
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Book Description
Did you know that John Adams had to coax Thomas Jefferson into writing the Declaration of Independence? It's true. The shy Virginia statesman refused at first, but then went on to author one of our nation's most important and inspiring documents. The third U.S. president, Jefferson was also an architect, inventor, musician, farmer, and-what is certainly the most troubling aspect of his life-a slave owner. Finally, here's a biography for kids that unveils the many facets of this founding father's remarkable and complicated life.

Illustrated by John O'Brien.


"Ye Will Say I Am No Christian": The Thomas Jefferson/John Adams Correspondence on Religion, Morals, and Values
Thomas Jefferson
1591023564
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
America's founding fathers have long been revered or reviled for their praise or rejection of religion. Along with Ben Franklin and Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams probed most deeply into their own religious psyches and the cultural role of religion. Braden, a postal carrier and independent scholar, collects a portion of the pair's letters dealing with matters of morality and religion. The letters range over the usual questions for which these men have already become known: the human/divine nature of Jesus, the afterlife, moral philosophy, the place of religion in the state. The collection lacks a critical apparatus, however, and Braden provides no rationale for his choices or method of selection. Although he does provide footnotes for the letters, the notes offer nothing more than brief...


Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson
0486442896
June 2005
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Book Description
Detailed account of this man's remarkable life and the period during which he wrote the Declaration of Independence. A first draft of the document in included, as are Jefferson's comments on the Articles of Confederation, his experiences as governor of Virginia, years in Paris as Minister to France, his observations during the French Revolution, role as Washington's secretary of state, as vice-president to John Adams, and his life in retirement. A handy reference tool and highly recommended reading for students of American history.

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