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Long Journey with Mr. Jefferson: The Life of Dumas Malone Hardcover – January 1, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc. (January 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612341977
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612341972
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,417,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Anyone interested in how good history is written will be mesmerized by this book. If some readers also want to find out whether recent assaults on Thomas Jefferson's reputation are based on fact or on factoids, they will find a veritable mother lode of information here.”—Thomas Fleming, author of The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers

“Author William Hyland has done a tremendous service to us all by producing this carefully researched, thoroughly documented, yet very readable biography of the greatest Jefferson scholar the world has to date produced. It is the story of a remarkable scholar’s quest for the truth, and it contains countless lessons to guide young scholars today who wish to make their mark in this same quest. I recommend the volume enthusiastically for scholars of all ages and for anyone who shares our common fascination and admiration for Mr. Jefferson."—Robert F. Turner, professor of law, University of Virginia, and chairman, Jefferson-Hemings Scholars Commission

“A great historian is as rare as a great poet or novelist. And a great historian needs a great subject—as when Dumas Malone met Thomas Jefferson. Hyland's work is more than the biography of a historian. His account of Malone's intellectual struggles with and for Jefferson make an original and important contribution to Jefferson studies and to the understanding of American thought in the 20th century.”—Clyde N. Wilson, distinguished professor of history (emeritus), University of South Carolina

“The great Jefferson biographer, Dumas Malone, explained that the biographer’s role is to “portray character plausibly, in the round.” That is exactly what Hyland has accomplished in his biography of Malone. Hyland brilliantly and movingly brings Malone to life, from his Marine Corps boot camp experience to lunching with Queen Elizabeth II. Hyland deals most tellingly with Malone’s assessment of the Jefferson/Hemings issues, where Hyland brings to bear his unique insights. He provides depth, clarity and scrupulous attention to detail.”—Arthur T. Downey, former National Security Council adviser and author of Civil War Lawyers: Constitutional Questions, Courtroom Dramas, and the Men behind Them

"A welcome and richly drawn portrait of the renowned author of the biographical masterwork Thomas Jefferson. In Long Journey With Mr. Jefferson Hyland proves the enduring power of Dumas Malone's principled adherence to historical truth and scholarly excellence. A timely reminder of the importance of integrity and character in an era of agenda-driven Jefferson studies."—Eric S. Petersen, editor of Light and Liberty: Reflections on the Pursuit of Happiness

“Hyland has produced a brilliant biography about a man whose life is arguably as interesting as that of Thomas Jefferson. This biography is highly recommended for anyone who wants to understand the passions and motivations of the man who produced the seminal work on Jefferson.”—C. Thomas Faulders III, president and CEO, University of Virginia Alumni Association

"Finally we have an outstanding biography of one of America's great historians, Dumas Malone. Hyland has captured Malone as a warm and genial family man, a world-renowned scholar, and the world's greatest Jeffersonian authority and author. His description of his encounters with some of the brightest educators, political leaders, and journalists of his day is fascinating. There is never a dull moment in this book."—W. McKenzie Wallenborn, president, Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society

“Hyland has taken on a fine task in writing a biography of the remarkable Dumas Malone.”—Katherine Sargeant, Dumas Malone’s personal assistant

“Extremely well written.”—Edward A. Leake, member of the board of directors, Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society

About the Author

William G. Hyland Jr., a native of Virginia, is the author of In Defense of Thomas Jefferson (2009), nominated for the Virginia Literary Award, and a professor at Stetson University College of Law. He is a member of the Virginia and New York Historical Societies, serves on the board of directors of the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society, and has lectured at the National Archives and for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He lives in Tampa, Florida.

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Mr. Malone spent a great many years on his six volume biography of Jefferson, and it is considered the best. Even after more biographies on Jefferson seem to emerge, year after year, Malone's are the ones that real scholars turn to.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Herbert Barger on February 6, 2013
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Mr Hyland like his other great revealing book, "In Defense of Thomas Jefferson, The Sally Hemings Sex Scandal", has tackeled the master of Jefferson research and books, Dumas Malone. We all recognize that Mr Malone is the "dean of all things Jefferson" and author of six volumes on Mr Jefferson. Mr Hyland has been permitted to view and report on Mr Malone's unfinished work and to bring it before the public.

Mr Hyland also has an exciting chapter on the Jefferson-Hemings DNA Study which proved only that "SOME" Jefferson had a match with a descendant of Eston Hemings. All along in my associations with Dr Foster I had urged him to mention the existance of Randolph Jefferson and sons, as possible suspects. He refused my input in his first Nature article (Nov 5, 1998) but acknowledged it in the Jan 7, 1999 issue. Thus, the public became aware that the Jefferson-Hemings match was just SOME Jefferson, possibly Randolph and sons. Later the Eston Hemings family revealed their ancestor to be "a Jefferson uncle or nephew", a reference to Randolph and sons, not Thomas. If this were correct then a match was guaranteed, and it was.

I urge all Jefferson readers to acquire this book and to also read of this controversy at [...] and [...]

Herb Barger
Founder, Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W. Hyland on February 1, 2013
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"Anyone interested in how good history is written will be mesmerized by this book. If some readers also want to find out whether recent assaults on Thomas Jefferson's reputation are based on fact or on factoids, they will find a veritable mother lode of information here."
--Thomas Fleming, author of The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers

"William Hyland has done a tremendous service to us all by producing this carefully researched, thoroughly documented, yet very readable biography of the greatest Jefferson scholar the world had to date produced. I recommend the volume enthusiastically for scholars of all ages."
--Robert F. Turner, professor of law, University of Virginia, and chairman, Jefferson-Hemings Scholars Commission

"Hyland's work is more than the biography of a historian. His account of Malone's intellectual struggles with and for Jefferson make an original and important contribution to Jefferson studies and to the understanding of American thought in the twentieth century."
--Clyde N. Wilson, Distinguished Professor of History (Emeritus), University of South Carolina

"Wililam Hyland brilliantly and movingly brings Malone to life, from his Parris Island Marine Boot Camp experience to lunching with Queen Elizabeth II. Hyland deals most tellingly with Malone's assessment of the Jefferson/Hemings issues. . . . He provides depth, clarity and scrupulous attention to detail."
--Arthur T. Downey, former National Security Council Adviser and author of Civil War Lawyers: Constitutional Questions, Courtroom Dramas, and the Men Behind Them
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