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Jefferson : Architect of American Liberty
by John B. Boles


Overview - "Magisterial . . . perhaps the finest one-volume biography of an American president." --Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
" A] splendid biography." -- Wall Street Journal
"The fullest and most complete single-volume life of Jefferson since Merrill Peterson's thousand-page biography of 1970." --Gordon Wood, Weekly Standard

From an eminent scholar of the American South, the first full-scale biography of Thomas Jefferson in almost 50 years

As Alexander Hamilton's star has risen, Thomas Jefferson's has fallen, largely owing to their divergent views on race.  Read more...


 
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Overview
"Magisterial . . . perhaps the finest one-volume biography of an American president."--Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post
" A] splendid biography."--Wall Street Journal
"The fullest and most complete single-volume life of Jefferson since Merrill Peterson's thousand-page biography of 1970."--Gordon Wood, Weekly Standard

From an eminent scholar of the American South, the first full-scale biography of Thomas Jefferson in almost 50 years

As Alexander Hamilton's star has risen, Thomas Jefferson's has fallen, largely owing to their divergent views on race. Once seen as the most influential American champion of liberty and democracy, Jefferson is now remembered for his relationship with his slave Sally Hemmings, and for electing not to free her or most of the other people he owned.
In this magisterial biography, the eminent scholar John B. Boles does not ignore the aspects of Jefferson that trouble us today, but strives to see him in full, and to understand him amid the sweeping upheaval of his times. We follow Jefferson from his early success as an abnormally precocious student and lawyer in colonial Virginia through his drafting of the Declaration of Independence at age 33, his travels in Europe on the eve of the French Revolution, his acidic personal battles with Hamilton, his triumphant ascent to the presidency in 1801, his prodigious efforts to found the University of Virginia, and beyond.
From Jefferson's inspiring defenses of political and religious liberty to his heterodox abridgment of Christian belief, Boles explores Jefferson's expansive intellectual life, and the profound impact of his ideas on the world. Boles overturns conventional wisdom at every turn, arguing, among other things, that Jefferson did not--as later southerners would--deem the states rightfully superior to the federal government. Yet Boles's view is not limited to politics and public life; we also meet Jefferson the architect, scientist, bibliophile, and gourmet--as well as Jefferson the gentle father and widower, doting on his daughters and longing for escape from the rancorous world of politics.
As this authoritative, evenhanded portrait shows, Jefferson challenges us more thoroughly than any other Founder; he was at once the most idealistic, contradictory, and quintessentially American of them all.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780465094684
  • ISBN-10: 0465094686
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publish Date: April 2017
  • Page Count: 640
  • Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds


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