- Paperback: 736 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics; Reprint edition (February 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060976179
- ISBN-13: 978-0060976170
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 105 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #752,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thomas Jefferson: A Life Paperback – February 4, 2014
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Mr. Randall's biography does not do justice to its subject. -- The New York Times Book Review, Peter S. Onuf
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The Kindle translation of this work has problems. There are frequent typos throughout the book. My impression is that the Kindle version was generated from a scan of the printed book and the OCR software wasn't as good as it should have been. This should have been caught by a proofreader. Examples: "I he" should have been "The" and "stoned I., death" should have been "stoned to death". There are many occurrences of this throughout the book. You can figure out what it means, but it seems shoddy for what should be an academic work.
The editing was the problem with this book and why I gave it only got 4 stars. An intern using Word could have corrected 95% of the spelling errors if they had taken the time. It's the old story with these Kindle editions, they let a computer copy the book and it sees words like "the" and translates it into "I m" leaving you to translate. The one I liked best was when they called the colonies "the American Colonics. "
I'm not a spelling or grammar Nazi, but with the difference in word use between then and now, its often hard to figure out whether the quote is the real quote or a misspelling.