In this unique biography of Thomas Jefferson, leading journalist and social critic Christopher Hitchens offers a startlingly new and provocative interpretation of our Founding Fathera man conflicted by power who wrote the Declaration of Independence and acted as ambassador to France yet yearned for a quieter career in the Virginia legislature A masterly writer, Jefferson was an awkward public speaker A professed proponent of emancipation, he elided the issue of slavery from the Declaration of Independence and continued to own human property A reluctant candidate, he left an indelible presidential legacy With intelligence, insight, eloquence, and wit, Hitchens gives us an artful portrait of a complex, formative figure and his turbulent era....
|Title||:||Thomas Jefferson: Author of America (Eminent Lives)|
|Publisher||:||Harper Perennial 1 edition May 5, 2009|
|Number of Pages||:||208 pages|
|File Size||:||784 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Thomas Jefferson: Author of America (Eminent Lives) Reviews
This is the case of a biography with both subject and author of interest. The reader needs to have some background
Until reading this book, I simply looked at Thomas Jefferson as the Third President of the United States. What I now understand is his impact on:
Before I buy a book, I read the one-star reviews. Christopher Hitchens lived and wrote in a style that made him many enemies, and most, if not all, were small and petty and partisan to the point of obtuse. Since the low reviews were obviously populated by these sad, limited louts I felt I had to give it a read just for spite. I was not disappointed. Hitchens brilliantly and concisely cuts to the bone, exposing not only the man but the policies and contradictions that surrounded him, and for once paints Sally Hemings as a woman with a mind and a will, instead of a harlot or, far worse, an animal victim of Jefferson, which is how so many prefer to characterize her.
Christopher Hitchens wrote a short book entitled, Thomas Jefferson: Author of America, published in 2005. This thin volume contains a number of fascinating insights about the third American president and author of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson, a most unwarlike man, was driven to strengthen the US military the pressure of outward events. Please allow me to quote at some length...
An excellent, digestible, exploration into the entwined world and mind of one of America's leading founding fathers. Plus, it reverberates to this day, as the author makes a strong link between today's jihadists and the Barbary pirates. This book is well worth the effort and should be considered for the modern curriculum of all students of world history and Geo-politics.