This is a very solid and well researched book.
I was glad to hear that the DNA results confirmed the long-standing oral tradition that Eston Hemings and his descendants are related to Thomas Jefferson.
Gordon-Reed criticizes historians for not believing the oral history that said Thomas Jefferson was the one.
Fascinating subject. I should have checked; I was hoping for a novel instead of a lecture. Many interesting facts that I never learned in history class! Read morePublished 5 days ago by Kate M. Londagin
If you are a fair-minded person of reasonable intelligence seeking new evidence or insights into a Jefferson-Hemings relationship, you won't find it in this book. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Liberty76
The book was long and hard read,but at the end it show that he was not a bad person or was he a good person he was human.. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tina
An immaculately researched view into an American family. Superbly written ...a comprehensive study of one of history's most fascinating relationships!Published 3 months ago by Margot Sainsbury-mills
If I knew little about either history or science, Gordon-Reed would probably convince me. Her writing is authoritative, so ponderous it must be true, and like anyone who wants to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Maria Beadnell
Clearly written from a racial viewpoint. I was not expecting comments such as "I thought...." Not up to journalistic standards.Published 4 months ago by Pat
After all the evidence is in, it appears that some Hemings' descendants are related to some descendants of the Jefferson family, possibly Thomas Jefferson, or some other Jefferson. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Marvelous Mal
This author goes thru the documentary evidence of the Sally Hemings Thomas Jefferson story and by the close of the book I had deeper understanding of the story than if she had... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Katie O'Malley
I read the text and took notes. It is very much like a textbook. I enjoyed the facts and found many of them enlightening. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Marilyn Elaine Johnson