Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence
ISBN 10: 0394727355 / 0-394-72735-5
ISBN 13: 9780394727356
Publication Date: 1979
From one of America's foremost historians, Inventing America compares Thomas Jefferson's original draft of the Declaration of Independence with the final, accepted version, thereby challenging many long-cherished assumptions about both the man and the document. Although Jefferson has long been idealized as a champion of individual rights, Wills argues that in fact his vision was one in which interdependence, not self-interest, lay at the foundation of society. "No one has offered so drastic a revision or so close or convincing an analysis as Wills has . . . The results are little short of astonishing" (Edmund S. Morgan New York Review of Books ).
"No one has offered so drastic a revision or so close or convincing an analysis as Wills has...The results are little short of astonishing."
-- Edmund S. Morgan The New York Review of Books
"The best and most thorough analysis of the Declaration ever written."
--David Brion Davis, The New York Times Book Review
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