The life of Thomas Jefferson, demonstrably the most intellectual of America's presidents, has fascinated scholars for generations. A careful but elusive autobiographer, Jefferson left behind such a wealth of information about himself and his times that he has fueled hundreds of studies. Noble Cunningham's one-volume life is somewhat dispassionate, giving only a little sense of Jefferson's greatness, but it covers the essential episodes in the Founding Father's life with admirable balance and conciseness. Read this along with Joseph Ellis's American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
, and you'll have a very good idea of why we continue to find the early statesman fascinating today. --Gregory MacNamee
From Publishers Weekly
Historian Cunningham "succeeds admirably in his biography of Jefferson," reported PW, and "writes well and with evident authority in this rich work," which describes both the details of Jefferson's political career and the evolution of his thinking, as expressed in his writings. Photos.
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