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American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

Joseph J. Ellis

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ISBN 10: 0783890761 / ISBN 13: 9780783890760
Published by G. K. Hall & Company, 2000
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas ...

Publisher: G. K. Hall & Company

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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Offers a reassessment of the life, image, and career of Thomas Jefferson, examining his complex personality, controversies about the man and his beliefs, and his accomplishments.

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Well timed to coincide with Ken Burns's documentary (on which the author served as a consultant), this new biography doesn't aim to displace the many massive tomes about America's third president that already weigh down bookshelves. Instead, as suggested by the subtitle--"The Character of Thomas Jefferson"--Ellis searches for the "living, breathing person" underneath the icon and tries to elucidate his actual beliefs. Jefferson's most ardent admirers may find this perspective too critical, but Ellis's portrait of a complex, sometimes devious man who both sought and abhorred power has the ring of truth.

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