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Thomas Jefferson: A Life Paperback – February 4, 2014
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Randall strikes one as somewhat prudish when it comes to exploring the more human frailties of his mighty subject, almost smugly downplaying Jefferson's sexual relationships throughout his life, and dismissing, with a scholarly sniff, the notion that Thomas Jefferson might have had an intimate relationship with his slave Sally Hemings. Scientific tests performed after the publication of this almost epic biography have raised some relevant questions, and though certainly not the centerpiece of Jefferson's life and myriad accomplishments, it is evidence of the author's almost protective prose.
Nonetheless, the complex Thomas Jefferson, a pixilated, self-absorbed genius who was also voraciously patriotic and far-sighted, is clearly painted for the reader. His ability to compartmentalize his many desires and inner conflicts is fascinating --apparently, the many facets of Jefferson seldom, if ever, communicated with each other. Yet, to watch Jefferson studying law, natural science and the classics (to name but a few fields in which he would become an authority), molding himself (with a good deal of generous patronage and good fortune) into an indisputable man for all seasons, is marvelous.Read more ›
The major quibble is that the writing style can get a bit ponderous at times; I occasionally found myself struggling to keep my eyes open if at all drowsy. But the book is certainly worth a read for anyone interested in a close look at our third president, and the writer of the Declaration of Independence.
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I'm no historian, I didn't know that Benedict Arnold invaded Virginia in an attempt to captor Jefferson after he turned traitor, so I'm not the best judge of this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brian M. Mcgowan
The Kindle edition has so many transcription errors that in places the meaning is lost. On the other hand, the kindle edition is very inexpensive. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. H. Hall
Had very little knowledge of Thomas Jefferson and his life. This book provided me with lots of background and information. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Al Lodge
Willard Sterne Randall produced one of the more bewildering single volume biographies on Thomas Jefferson in this book. Simply put, Randall ran out of gas. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kevin M. Derby
Re-taught me that perseverance of ideals and beliefs should
always be ones aim , however discussion and compromise to
achieve them must be considered. i.e. Read more