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The Real Thomas Jefferson (American Classic Series)
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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2002
---In ONE volume!!
What is so good is that Andrew Allison completely documents his history so that you get a really clear view of Thomas Jefferson. I also appreciate the fact that the author doesn't pander to the sleaze that so many authors resort to in order to make a few extra sales. In fact he shows why the recent smear tactics on Jefferson are fraudulent.
THREE CHEERS FOR ANDREW ALLISON FOR HIS COURAGE TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT JEFFERSON!!!
The last 330 pages of text contain quotations from Thomas Jefferson himself on many different subjects. Each of these quotations is placed alphabetically according to the subject that it deals with. This way a reader can use this book as a reference to look up what Thomas Jefferson believed on any particular issue. This last section of the book was prepared by Cleon Skousen, Richard Maxfield and Delynn Cook, and is, by itself, worth the price of the book.
--George Stancliffe
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77 of 88 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2005
I purchased this book probably 18 years ago. After reading it, I looked to buy several more copies to give as gifts. But, I couldn't find anymore. So, I called The Center For Constitutional Studies for their help. I told the person who answered the phone what I was looking for and why. I told this guy that I loved the book and how well I thought it was written. He said, "Thank you". You see, the guy who answered the phone was Andrew Allison, the author of The Real Thomas Jefferson.

I think you will really enjoy this book.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2000
"The Real Thomas Jefferson" is a biography about the sad but inspiring life of Thomas Jefferson . In the back of the book it has quotes from Jefferson on different subjects.
" The Real Thomas Jefferson" tells a lot of what Jefferson thought government should be like and what kind of man he was . It also tells about all the invention like the copy press etc. etc. "The Real Thomas Jefferson" also tells about his life in France, and his influence on the
constitution . It also talks about the loss of his 5 children and his wife and also his love for his remaining family . It tells about his love for books, and the outdoors, and his home,. The Real Thomas Jefferson tells about his Presidency and all the trouble he had with the press . I recommend this book to people how want to learn about Jefferson and the government. It is very detailed and I think it made me way smarter. The Real Thomas Jefferson, by Andrew M. Allison published in 1987
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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Andrew Allison'a "The Real Thomas Jefferson" is truly a treasure.
Starting out with a really informative and well written short biography, and then going into an alphabetical section of Jefferson's views according to his actual quotes really makes this book shine. Jefferson is shown in his true glory as a champion of the common man, and a defender of liberty and freedom. It is also an excellent biography of his sterling character refuting the lies and propaganda about the alleged Hemings affair. A revolutionary, politician, architect, scientist this was Jefferson, an "American Da Vinci" so to speak. Particularly informative is the section showing his lifelong support for public education, and religious freedom. A great buy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 14, 2011
I loved this book. I really do. If you want the truth about Thomas Jefferson from his very own words, letters and speeched, then this is a book for you. It uses many of his letters and speeches to show who Thomas Jefferson for who he really was, not biased from any political or religious standpoint. Just Thomas Jefferson.

Some people will say this is a right-wing Christian attempt to prove Thomas Jefferson was a Christian. Well, you can hold that view, but the history is right there in Thomas Jefferson's own words. He was a freedom loving, God-believing man, who cared for his country greatly and tried his whole life to fight and do everything he could do for it. It make's people no better than the journalist of that age when they twist history around when Jefferson said in his own words who he was.

From the moment that a portion of my fellow-citizens looked towards me with a view to one of the highest offices, the floodgates of columny have been opened upon me... I know that I might have filled the courts of the United States with actions for these slanders, and have ruined perhaps many persons who are not innocent. But this would be no equivalent to the loss of character. I leave them, therefor, to the reproof of their own consciences. If these do not condemn them, there will yet come a day when the false witness will meet a Judge who has not slept over his slanders. - Thomas Jefferson said this himself after becoming President and having Federalist journalist accuse him of being a atheist and of fathering a child with his slave.

And I repeat these words to the people who will read this book, full of Jefferson's own words, and still have the gull to say this is just a right-wing book to paint Thomas Jefferson as a Christian.

Anyways, this book is an excellent one if you are interested in reading a book void of any politics and full of Thomas Jefferson's own words.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on February 15, 2010
Wow what a wonderful book on T. Jefferson!! This book should be required reading in all of our schools. It is hard to believe that one man could accomplish all this man did! It is mind blowing! A must read for anyone going to the Lincoln Memorial to meet Glenn Beck and Company August 28, 2010. Restores your faith in what this country could be again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2010
This is a good basic overview of the life of Thomas Jefferson but does lack a lot of details and does not go in depth about his personal political conflicts or history as a statesman. It is a good start but does gloss over much that needs to be included to understand Jefferson in relation to his times. I would expect this of such a short book.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2010
Read my review on Washington. What I said about Washington and the book on him, also applies to this book.

Jefferson is considered behind the times, outdated by many, including President Barack Hussein Obama, who said the Constitution is not good because it limits what the government can do, instead of enabling the government to do what it wants. He turned Jefferson and the other Founders on their heads, because they wanted to LIMIT government to protect the people from tyranny. They knew human nature and european history. Indeed Jefferson expected tyranny to periodically raise its demonic head. He wanted the government structure and checks and balances to prevent such an outcome the best it could; but even then the people would have to take up arms to fight the tyrants periodically when the Consitution failed to prevent dictators from taking over and staying in power.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2010
Excellent - Couldn't Put It Down. I was afraid it would be boring but it wasn't. My 14 yr. old son also read and enjoyed it. I finished this several months ago and have gone back and re-read various sections. The reference section and Writings section are a huge bonus as well. I would recommend this book for the casual reader as well as for advanced study. check out The Real Benjamin Franklin (American Classic Series) and The Real George Washington (American Classic Series) as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2010
As current historians with a political agenda continue to downplay and demonize our Founding Fathers "The Real Thomas Jefferson" in the American Classic Series tells us who and what this man really was. In today's world few even know who this man is not to speak of what he did in building our great country. Of especial value are page after page of Thomas Jefferson's own words on many various subjects. Recently I was able enlighten a very liberal young Social Studies teacher from information gained from this book.
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