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Liberty, State, and Union: The Political Theory of Thomas Jefferson Hardcover – June 30, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Mercer University Press; 1 edition (June 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881461865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881461862
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Luigi Marco Bassani, born in Chicago, and educated mostly in Italy and in the United States, is professor of History of Political Theory at the University of Milan, Italy. Though he has published widely on subjects ranging from revolutionary syndicalism, to libertarian theory, his paramount research interest is on American political thought from the Revolution to the Civil War.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carl H. Boening on June 30, 2011
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Bassani has written an outstanding account of Jefferson's true political philosophies, which have been corrupted and perverted by today's (and for that matter yesterday's) liberals and socialists. Bassani refutes the ideas, promulgated by the left, that Jefferson was anti-property, pro-collectivist, pro-government intervention, etc. That the left would even try to make Jefferson into some sort of proto-socialist shows how starved they are for political heroes.

The last two chapters, covering Jefferson's views on the Constitution (vs. the Articles), and the Kentucky Resolution, are particularly outstanding. Elsewhere, Bassani supports the seemingly incontrovertible belief that Jefferson was a disciple of John Locke. Again, that this idea (which we hold to be self-evident) needs supporting shows how far academic scholarship has fallen in the last few decades.

Overall, this is a fantastic read, both for the review and refutation of the historiography surrounding Jefferson's philosophies, and for the explication of Jefferson's true views on issues surrounding the creation and early political development of America. I would particularly recommend this to those who enjoy reading things from the Mises Institute or websites such as LewRockwell.com, which is where I first heard about this outstanding book.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By timong on October 22, 2010
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An intriguing peek to those who want to have one into the political debate over Jefferson's figure. Being a foreign it's even more interesting to get a slice of how these things progressed, even giving an overview of the different sets of mind around politics in the USA through detailedly inspecting the discourse and works of the different political scholars publishing about the 3rd president's political science/philosophy. You can get a taste of the 'natural rights' debate in detail. The author created a thorough work as far as I can tell. The intent to think with the mind-set of the centuries past era is clearly a very good idea, no other way you could understand a long past person's way of thinking.
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