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The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family Paperback – September 8, 2009

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“A sweeping, prodigiously researched biography.”
- Motoko Rich, New York Times

“A monumental and original book.”
- Fergus Bordewich, Washington Post

“A brilliant book…It marks the author as one of the most astute, insightful, and forthright historians of this generation.”
- Edmund S. Morgan and Marie Morgan, New York Review of Books

“[A] very important and powerfully argued history of the Hemings family…[Gordon-Reed] has the imagination and talent of an expert historian.”
- Gordon S. Wood, The New Republic

“A riveting and compassionate family portrait that deserves to endure as a model of historical inquiry…stands dramatically apart for its searching intelligence and breadth of humane vision…We owe Annette Gordon-Reed tremendous thanks.”
- Kirk Davis Swinehart, Chicago Tribune

The Hemingses of Monticello makes a powerful argument for the historical significance of the Hemings family not only for its engagement with a principal architect of the early Republic, but also for the ways the family embodies the complexities and contradictions of slavery in the United States. ”
- James Smethurst, The Boston Globe

The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed, a historian and law professor, is a doorstop corrective to early American history, painting a composite portrait of a family that stood at the wellspring of the Jefferson, slave Sally Hemings, their children and kin fascinate and surprise. ”
- Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Because of Gordon-Reed, Hemings and her ancestors and descendants achieve full personhood. For that, the author deserves praise and lots of readers. ”
- Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“An epic saga of the Hemings family, whose bloodline has been mixed with that of Thomas Jefferson since our third president took slave Sally Hemings as a mistress. ”
- Dallas Morning News

“Gordon-Reed has pulled off an astonishing feat of historical re-creation, involving equal measures of painstaking archival detective work, creative historical imagination, and balanced judgment.”
- François Furstenberg, Slate

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