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The Real Thomas Jefferson: The True Story of America s Philosopher of Freedom. Jefferson is the central figure in American history, and...he may yet prove to be the central figure in modern history. So stated noted historian Henry Steele Commager. And as the English novelist Samuel Butler once wrote, Though God cannot alter the past, historians can. His observation is especially applicable to our changing perceptions of great historical personalities, most of whom are relentlessly reinterpreted by each new generation of biographers. It is doubtful whether many of these renowned characters of yesteryear would even recognize themselves in some of the publications devoted to them today. There is no better example of this kind of metamorphosis than Thomas Jefferson, author of the American Declaration of Independence and third President of the United States. Since his death in 1826 he has been alternately vilified and deified in numerous forms by writers of varying motivations. In The Real Thomas Jefferson, by allowing Jefferson to explain his life and ideas in his own words, we have tried to ensure that his spirit, not ours, will breathe in these pages- -so that all who read them will become acquainted with Jefferson himself, not another second-hand interpretation of him. His biography appears in Part I, and Part II brings together the most insightful passages from his writings, arranged by subject.
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Product Details

  • Series: American Classic (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 709 pages
  • Publisher: National Center for Constitutional Studies; 2 edition (June 1, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880800062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880800068
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By George Stancliffe on July 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
---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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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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"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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By G. F Gori on December 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
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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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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The full extent of Jefferson's contributions to our government and society. Until reading this book, he was truly a founding father and so much more. This book should be standard reading our schools.
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