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Jefferson and His Time, 6 volume set Paperback – January 30, 2007

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"Malone is the giant on whose shoulders every subsequent scholar of Jefferson stands, and his work remains seminal in shaping our understanding of who Jefferson was. Both from a purely scholarly standpoint and outside the groves of academe, Malone's biography of Jefferson is simply a great read. -- Joseph J. Ellis, National Book Award--winning author of American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson"Prodigiously researched and felicitously written, Dumas Malone's multi-volume Jefferson and His Time is one of the great biographies of the 20th century.

(New Republic)

About the Author

Dumas Malone, 1892--1986, spent thirty-eight years researching and writing Jefferson and His Time. In 1975 he received the Pulitzer Prize in history for the first five volumes. From 1923 to 1929 he taught at the University of Virginia; he left there to join the Dictionary of American Biography, bringing that work to completion as editor-in-chief. Subsequently, he served for seven years as director of the Harvard University Press. After serving on the faculties of Yale and Columbia, Malone retired to the University of Virginia in 1959 as the Jefferson Foundation Professor of History, a position he held until his retirement in 1962. He remained at the university as biographer-in-residence and finished his Jefferson biography at the University of Virginia, where it was begun.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 3300 pages
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press (January 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813925932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813925936
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,230,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Preston on July 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read this entire series about twenty five years ago. I had purchased a leather bound version of the six books, with, two volumes of Thomas Jefferson's personal correspondence and writings.

I've read every word of all eight volumes. I must recommend it to any serious apostle of Thomas Jefferson.

The book contains many details, gleaned not only from historical accounts of Thomas Jefferson's life, but, from a meticulous inspection of records at the National Archives in Washington, Jefferson's own journals and notebooks, and, eyewitness acounts from the 18th Century.

What makes this biography series a masterpiece is that Malone derives his information directly from source documents and records. His writings and analysis of Jefferson are not derivative drivel from other biographers, or, syncophants of Jefferson's popular image.

Malone sets out in his volumes to provide a balanced view of Thomas Jefferson as a man, as a loving spouse and father, as man with self-doubts (notwithstanding his incredible achievements) and the economic, politcal and military forces that shaped his character through the 82 years of his life. Malone explains how, and why, Jefferson undertook his many tasks on behalf of our struggling nation, in its infancy, and guided it to a land in which freedom and equality had a chance.

Most important of the volumes is the detailed accounts of Jefferson's travels and adventures in France (including his steaming love affair(s) with a married woman). These discussions include little known facts about Jefferson (such as the fact that he, single-handedly, saved the entire French wine industry from phyloxia by offering strong rooted vines from America that were disease resistant. Almost every grape vine, in France, today, is in fact, a vine grown on Thomas Jefferson's Amercian developed root systems for vines).
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