Thomas Jefferson Book
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

Thomas Jefferson


  • Author : Christopher Hitchens
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 0061753971

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In this unique biography of Thomas Jefferson, leading journalist and social critic Christopher Hitchens offers a startlingly new and provocative interpretation of our Founding Father. Situating Jefferson within the context of America's evolution and tracing his legacy over the past two hundred years, Hitchens brings the character of Jefferson to life as a man of his time and also as a symbolic figure beyond it. Conflicted by power, Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and acted as Minister to France yet yearned for a quieter career in the Virginia legislature. Predicting that slavery would shape the future of America's development, this professed proponent of emancipation elided the issue in the Declaration and continued to own human property. An eloquent writer, he was an awkward public speaker; a reluctant candidate, he left an indelible presidential legacy. Jefferson's statesmanship enabled him to negotiate the Louisiana Purchase with France, doubling the size of the nation, and he authorized the Lewis and Clark expedition, opening up the American frontier for exploration and settlement. Hitchens also analyzes Jefferson's handling of the Barbary War, a lesser-known chapter of his political career, when his attempt to end the kidnapping and bribery of Americans by the Barbary states, and the subsequent war with Tripoli, led to the building of the U.S. navy and the fortification of America's reputation regarding national defense. In the background of this sophisticated analysis is a large historical drama: the fledgling nation's struggle for independence, formed in the crucible of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, and, in its shadow, the deformation of that struggle in the excesses of the French Revolution. This artful portrait of a formative figure and a turbulent era poses a challenge to anyone interested in American history -- or in the ambiguities of human nature.

Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation Book
Score: 5
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Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation


  • Author : Merrill D. Peterson
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 1986-09-11
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 1104
  • ISBN 10 : 0199840520

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Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation Excerpt :

The definitive life of Jefferson in one volume, this biography relates Jefferson's private life and thought to his prominent public position and reveals the rich complexity of his development. As Peterson explores the dominant themes guiding Jefferson's career--democracy, nationality, and enlightenment--and Jefferson's powerful role in shaping America, he simultaneously tells the story of nation coming into being.

Thomas Jefferson  The Art of Power Book
Score: 4
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Thomas Jefferson The Art of Power


  • Author : Jon Meacham
  • Publisher : Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • Release Date : 2013-10-29
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 802
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812979480

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • The Washington Post • Entertainment Weekly • The Seattle Times • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Bloomberg Businessweek In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power. Thomas Jefferson hated confrontation, and yet his understanding of power and of human nature enabled him to move men and to marshal ideas, to learn from his mistakes, and to prevail. Passionate about many things—women, his family, books, science, architecture, gardens, friends, Monticello, and Paris—Jefferson loved America most, and he strove over and over again, despite fierce opposition, to realize his vision: the creation, survival, and success of popular government in America. Jon Meacham lets us see Jefferson’s world as Jefferson himself saw it, and to appreciate how Jefferson found the means to endure and win in the face of rife partisan division, economic uncertainty, and external threat. Drawing on archives in the United States, England, and France, as well as unpublished Jefferson presidential papers, Meacham presents Jefferson as the most successful political leader of the early republic, and perhaps in all of American history. The father of the ideal of individual liberty, of the Louisiana Purchase, of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and of the settling of the West, Jefferson recognized that the genius of humanity—and the genius of the new nation—lay in the possibility of progress, of discovering the undiscovered and seeking the unknown. From the writing of the Declaration

Jefferson s Literary Commonplace Book Book

Jefferson s Literary Commonplace Book


  • Author : D. L. Wilson
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-07-14
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9781400860098

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Jefferson s Literary Commonplace Book Excerpt :

This work is a new edition of Thomas Jefferson's literary commonplace book, a notebook of his literary and philosophical reading. Unlike the only previous edition, published in 1928, it contains full annotation, pertinent information on the authors and works commonplaced, and a rationale for dating the entries. Thus it is now possible to show that most of the four hundred seven passages were entered when Jefferson was a young man, between the ages of fifteen and thirty. As such, they reflect the range of his literary interests from his school days to about the time of his marriage and involvement in politics. As one of the few surviving documents from Jefferson's early years, this notebook assumes special importance as a source of insight into the least known period of his life. In the introduction the editor presents reasons for thinking that the commonplace book was more to Jefferson than a literary sampler and was in some respects a deeply personal notebook with direct connections to the emotional events and preoccupations of his formative years. In addition to the text and annotation, the book contains a register of authors and an illustrated essay on Jefferson's handwriting that provides the rationale for assigning approximate dates to the entries of the commonplace book. Originally published in 1989. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Thomas Jefferson  President and Philosopher Book

Thomas Jefferson President and Philosopher


  • Author : Jon Meacham
  • Publisher : Yearling
  • Release Date : 2016-09-20
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 338
  • ISBN 10 : 9780385387521

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Thomas Jefferson President and Philosopher Excerpt :

In this special illustrated edition of the #1 New York Times bestselling Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jon Meacham, young readers will learn about the life and political philosophy of one of our Founding Fathers. This book is a must-read for President's Day! Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States. He was one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence. But he was also a lawyer and an ambassador, an inventor and a scientist. He had a wide range of interests and hobbies, but his consuming interest was the survival and success of the United States. This book contains a note from Meacham and over 100 archival illustrations, as well as sections throughout the text about subjects such as the Boston Tea Party, the Library of Congress, and Napoléon Bonaparte. Additional materials include a time line; a family tree; a Who’s Who in Jefferson’s world; sections on Jefferson’s original writings and correspondence, “inventions,” interests, places in Jefferson’s world, finding Jefferson in the United States today, additional reading, organizations, and websites; notes; a bibliography; and an index. This adaptation, ideal for those interested in American presidents, biographies, and the founding of the American republic, is an excellent example of informational writing and reflects Meacham’s extensive research using primary source material. Praise for Thomas Jefferson: President and Philosopher “A solid resource for young people intrigued by Jefferson.” –Booklist “Comprehensive and engaging.” –Scholastic Instructor “There is a surprising paucity of books about Jefferson at this level and this handsome, well-written, and engaging volume fills that literary gap.” –Horn Book “Wonderfully written and crafted... Entertaining for both kids and adults alike.” –KidsReads.com

American Sphinx Book
Score: 3.5
From 21 Ratings

American Sphinx


  • Author : Joseph J. Ellis
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 1998-11-19
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9780375727467

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Following Thomas Jefferson from the drafting of the Declaration of Independence to his retirement in Monticello, Joseph J. Ellis unravels the contradictions of the Jeffersonian character. He gives us the slaveholding libertarian who was capable of decrying mescegenation while maintaing an intimate relationship with his slave, Sally Hemmings; the enemy of government power who exercisdd it audaciously as president; the visionarty who remained curiously blind to the inconsistencies in his nature. American Sphinx is a marvel of scholarship, a delight to read, and an essential gloss on the Jeffersonian legacy.

Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library Book
Score: 4
From 11 Ratings

Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library


  • Author : Barb Rosenstock
  • Publisher : Astra Publishing House
  • Release Date : 2020-09-08
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9781635924343

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Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library Excerpt :

As soon as Thomas Jefferson learned to read, he found his passion: books, books, and more books! Before, during, and after the American Revolution, Jefferson collected thousands of books on hundreds of subjects. In fact, his massive collection eventually helped rebuild the Library of Congress—now the largest library in the world. Barb Rosenstock's rhythmic words and John O'Brien's whimsical illustrations capture Jefferson's passion for the written word as well as little-known details about book collecting. Author and artist worked closely with experts to create the first picture book on Jefferson's love of reading, writing, and books. An author's note, bibliography, and source notes for quotations are also included.

Thomas Jefferson s Farm Book Book

Thomas Jefferson s Farm Book


  • Author : Thomas Jefferson
  • Publisher : University of Virginia Press
  • Release Date : 1999
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 730
  • ISBN 10 : 1882886100

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Thomas Jefferson's Farm Book chronicles more than fifty years of agriculture, slavery, and light industry on Jefferson's Virginia plantations. The late Edwin Morris Betts embellishes Jefferson's original farm journal with relevant letters, diagrams, and records selected from Jefferson's public and private writings. Organized topically and richly annotated, this wide-ranging volume is the most complete record of plantation activity in early America.

Thomas Jefferson Book

Thomas Jefferson


  • Author : R. B. Bernstein
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2003-09-04
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 290
  • ISBN 10 : 9780195169119

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Thomas Jefferson Excerpt :

A short biography of Thomas Jefferson covers such topics as his life as a Virginia gentleman, his passionate belief in democracy, his defense of slavery, his relationship with Sally Hemings, and his contributions to America as a writer, inventor, and party leader.

The Jefferson Lies Book
Score: 4.5
From 5 Ratings

The Jefferson Lies


  • Author : David Barton
  • Publisher : Thomas Nelson Inc
  • Release Date : 2012
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 305
  • ISBN 10 : 9781595554598

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"Thomas Jefferson stands falsely accused of several crimes, among them infidelity and disbelief. Noted historian David Barton now sets the record straight. Having borne the brunt of a smear campaign that started more than two centuries ago, the reputation and character of American president Thomas Jefferson shows considerable tarnish, as lies and misunderstandings have gathered on his legacy. Noted early-America historian David Barton scours out the truth. Jefferson and Sally: Did he really have children by his slave, Sally Hemings? Jefferson and Jesus: Did he really abandon the faith of his family? Jefferson and the Bible: Did he really want to rewrite the Scripture? Jefferson and the church: Did he really advocate separation? Jefferson and slaves: What is the truth about his slaveholding and his statements that all are created equal? Jefferson and education: Did Jefferson really found the first secular, irreligious university? All of these questions deserve the cleansing light of truth. Barton has gone through the historical records, combed the original documents and letters, and examined the recent evidence, and his findings will upset the establishment. Barton shows the true man, the real Thomas Jefferson. Most readers will have the joy and surpriseof meeting him for the very first time"--

Thomas Jefferson Book

Thomas Jefferson


  • Author : Maira Kalman
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2014-01-07
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 40
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698150607

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Renowned artist Maira Kalman sheds light on the fascinating life and interests of the Renaissance man who was our third president. Thomas Jefferson is perhaps best known for writing the Declaration of Independence—but there’s so much more to discover. This energetic man was interested in everything. He played violin, spoke seven languages and was a scientist, naturalist, botanist, mathematician and architect. He designed his magnificent home, Monticello, which is full of objects he collected from around the world. Our first foodie, he grew over fifteen kinds of peas and advocated a mostly vegetarian diet. And oh yes, as our third president, he doubled the size of the United States and sent Lewis and Clark to explore it. He also started the Library of Congress and said, “I cannot live without books.” But monumental figures can have monumental flaws, and Jefferson was no exception. Although he called slavery an “abomination,” he owned about 150 slaves. As she did in Looking at Lincoln, Maira Kalman shares a president’s remarkable, complicated life with young readers, making history come alive with her captivating text and stunning illustrations.

The Long Affair Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Long Affair


  • Author : Conor Cruise O'Brien
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 1998-04-28
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 390
  • ISBN 10 : 0226616568

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As controversial and explosive as it is elegant and learned, this examination of Thomas Jefferson, as man and icon, through the critical lens of the French Revolution, offers a provocative analysis of the supreme symbol of American history and political culture and challenges the traditional perceptions of both Jeffersonian history and the Jeffersonian legacy. 15 illustrations.

The Works of Thomas Jefferson Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Works of Thomas Jefferson


  • Author : Thomas Jefferson
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1904
  • Genre: United States
  • Pages : 538
  • ISBN 10 : UCAL:B3477580

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A Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson Book
Score: 3.5
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A Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson


  • Author : David A. Adler
  • Publisher : Lerner Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 2018-01-01
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9781430130475

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A Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson Excerpt :

A package with simple language and detailed drawings conveys information about the life and accomplishments of Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson  Lawyer Book

Thomas Jefferson Lawyer


  • Author : Frank L. Dewey
  • Publisher : University of Virginia Press
  • Release Date : 1986
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 081391079X

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Thomas Jefferson Lawyer Excerpt :

Describes the eight years spent by Thomas Jefferson as a practicing attorney, discusses his cases, and examines why he retired from law