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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450594425
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450594424
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,482,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is very informative with a nice rhythm.
S. Burton
If you are learning about anyone you should always read the autobiography, if there is one.
Raymond E. Pinard
Didn't get beyond the first few pages because it was too boring.
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115 of 120 people found the following review helpful By C. Spock on September 4, 2006
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I was a bit disappointed in this book. Having read and relished The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, I was anxious to read the native narrative of another of the Founding Fathers. Unfortunately, where as Franklin's book combines delightful personal details along with perspectives on the man's government service, Jefferson's autobiography is quite dry and seems to be more an official catalog of committee deliberations than a story about his own life. The rear cover of the books states, in addition to other things, that the book "...presents a detailed account of his young life..." and "...his life in retirement." I think that one would be hard pressed to identify more than a couple paragraphs in this 101 page book in which Jefferson describes his youth or his retirement. The book was interesting, though more from the historical and political perspectives than from any insight it offers into the inner philosophy or personal life of the man.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Lichter on August 1, 2008
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Written in 1821, TJ writes very quickly about his parents, childhood, and the time period before the revolution and spends way more time on the declaration of independence, articles of confederation, his presidency and the early 1800s.

He does include an original draft of the declaration of independence which is neat. And his section on the articles of confederation shows the many problems the states had to deal with upon becoming independent.

While Bill Clinton's autobiography was way too long, this autobio was way too short.

But the perspective is one that the history books do not often show you.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By J. Morton on May 29, 2008
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This brief "autobiography" is not a self-promotion, an expose, or a book designed for the purpose of keeping the reader turning the pages in suspense. In fact, it has very little personal information about Jefferson or his life outside of the political happenings in which he was involved concerning the American and French revolutions. Certainly, there is no mention of his black lover, Sally Hemings, and for that matter little mention of his "real" family. Nonetheless it was to me a gripping tale that kept me reading, as I felt privy to the inner workings of the Continental Congress and the French Revolution from an influential American who was on the spot (and in the midst) of the events as they occurred. Perhaps, as a direct descendant of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, of which Jefferson was the author, I had a natural interest in this book. But I think not, as it had been sitting gathering dust on my shelf as I read lots of classic American fiction that I thought would be more rewarding. Despite (because of?) its dry, blunt, intelligent but factual style, the debates and events are center stage, with Jefferson's occasional but not obtrusive opinions being much appreciated. My great experience reading Jefferson's brief book led me to pick up W.E.B. DuBois' The Suppression of the African Slave-Trade, which covers some of the same ground although from a different perspective, and is equally rewarding.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy A. Perron on November 21, 2010
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Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, is one of the most important men in the history of the world and one of the most hard to study. James Madison, Jefferson's secretary of state and successor as president, warned future scholars who would try to study the author of the Declaration of Independence that he was a man of many contradictions and is extremely hard to nail down*. No one who can be in public life as long as Thomas Jefferson was and do so without some sort of inconsistency, since no one stops learning and changing, but Jefferson jumps around more issues then most. Some of his contradictions are extremely famous. Jefferson was a champion of small federal government and more local state power. Nevertheless, he would become one of the presidents most responsible for the increase in federal power with the Louisiana Purchase. Jefferson was also a man who detested slavery to the point, as president, abolishing the overseas slave trade in America, and yet he was a man who owned slaves all his life. In this work, Jefferson tells his own story. Unfortunately, like dear Dr. Franklin before him, he does not get to complete his tale.

Jefferson grew up in a world that was changing all around him, born in the middle of the Enlightenment; the old ways were constantly being challenged by new ideas and ways of thinking. Jefferson himself would play a major role in the ever-changing world that he was a part of. As a young man, the American colonies' crisis with their mother country grew larger and Jefferson was a passionate advocate for the American cause. In this work, he lays out the argument of the colonies against mother country.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrei I on July 6, 2013
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Before saying something about the book itself, I would like to address the format. I was a bit disappointed by the fact that the text quite hard to follow (and not because of the other but rather because of the format. It's as if it was scanned and no one bothered to correct it)
Regarding the content of the book, after previously reading the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, my expectation were quite high. I was hoping to get a glimpse of Jefferson as a person. Instead I found a listing of events, acts of congress, bills, etc. There seems to be nothing about him as a person that would offer me insight as to his character.
I assume he valued his privacy but, unlike Franklin's autobiography, this one seemed cold and distant. This coupled with the difficult reading only made me want to finish reading as soon as possible. I wish i would have bought another version of the book.
I have no doubt as to the greatness of this man and, for that reason, I will definitely get one of his biographies on Amazon.
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