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"In a narrative as majestic as its subject, Boles takes a fresh, nuanced look at one of the America's most enigmatic founding fathers...Boles, an accomplished scholar well versed in the source material, deftly paints a picture of the world as Jefferson knew it, taking care not to mix up understanding with excusing, especially with the Virginian's relationship with Sally Hemings. This is a gem of a biography." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A fully fleshed biography of Thomas Jefferson that emphasizes his creative paradoxes and accomplishments...A stately, knowledgeable study." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"John Boles's Jefferson is learned, fluent, sensitive, and magnificently detailed. It gives due attention to the intellectual currents and social circumstances that made Jefferson who he was, and its careful engagement with the complexities of slavery is convincingly integrated into the whole. Professor Boles has earned an eminent place for himself in the ever-active field of Jefferson studies." (Andrew Burstein, author of Jefferson's Secrets and coauthor of Madison and Jefferson)

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From an eminent scholar of the American South, the first full-scale biography of Thomas Jefferson since 1970.

Not since Merrill Peterson's Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation has a scholar attempted to write a comprehensive biography of the most complex Founding Father. In Jefferson, John B. Boles plumbs every facet of Thomas Jefferson's life, all while situating him amid the sweeping upheaval of his times. We meet Jefferson the politician and political thinker - as well as Jefferson the architect, scientist, bibliophile, paleontologist, musician, and gourmet. We witness him drafting of the Declaration of Independence, negotiating the Louisiana Purchase, and inventing a politics that emphasized the states over the federal government - a political philosophy that shapes our national life to this day.

Boles offers new insight into Jefferson's actions and thinking on race. His Jefferson is not a hypocrite, but a tragic figure - a man who could not hold simultaneously to his views on abolition, democracy, and patriarchal responsibility. Yet despite his flaws, Jefferson's ideas would outlive him and make him into nothing less than the architect of American liberty.

©2017 John B. Boles (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • MichaelBuffalo
  • 2020/06/23

Makes Jefferson Human

After listening to Chernow’s Washington in which Jefferson comes off as a snake-in-the grass, backstabbing conniver in George Washington’s cabinet, this book—though never denying the animosity of TJ for Hamilton—gives a more balanced (I suppose) portrait. Jefferson seems to be a more generous & cooperative soul when in charge than as a cabinet member.
I came out of this book with increased admiration & esteem for Jefferson. I still admire Hamilton as well.
This was a wonderful book, I highly recommend it. A few other reviewers commented the book lacked depth on Jefferson’s relationship with Sally Hemings; hmm, I don’t agree. That relationship seemed to be sufficiently & intelligently dealt with. I found no fault with this book. Very well written & read.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Brandon R.
  • 2021/01/03

Great Listen

Very good biography of Jefferson. Author does a nice job of providing the facts on Jefferson while also grappling with the obvious contradictions within his life and and adding some personal commentary from time to time.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Jeffrey Thornton
  • 2018/09/10

Jefferson

Boles' excellent biography humanize the sage of Monticello. Boles shows us a Thomas Jefferson who is both a great and brilliant man ,an idealist and reformer ,but also a flawed, if well being human being. This book will not satisfy the Jefferson haters who insist that historical figures must be perfect but to fair minded readers John Boles ' book acquaint us with a man well worth knowing and admiring.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Freer Hall
  • 2018/07/21

A Whole New Understanding of More Than Jefferson

This is a great, factual breakdown, of Jefferson presented in the context of his time. The author doesn't make excuses for him, but does provide the information necessary for the reader to make their own decisions.

The book also opened my eyes to the early politics and players that guided our country in its earliest days.

  • 総合評価
    1 out of 5 stars
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  • Cristin R. Fong
  • 2020/05/17

Just an apologist

I was extremely disappointed after reading Chernow’s Hamilton. The biography didn’t mention Hamilton until halfway through the book.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • steve thomas
  • 2020/05/08

Solid Bio

Surprisingly good one volume biography of Jefferson. Not compulsively readable like McCullough on Adams or Chernow on Hamilton but does nice job of covering a very eventful life at a reasonable length.

Narrator is good enough.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Shirley Woods
  • 2019/03/15

Great book!

This is a great wonderful book! I would highly recommend it! There is so much information, but it is well worthwhile! A lot of our history!

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jerome
  • 2017/12/18

The two sides of Jefferson the father of American liberty

Wonderful insights into the conflicts that arose between Jefferson’s public life where he repeatedly and earnestly opposed the institution of slavery and his private life where his slaves numbered more than 200. Superb narration.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Tyler D Mace
  • 2017/07/25

Excellent book in combination with Hamilton

Wonderful narrative. Very little mention of Jefferson's relationship (or lack thereof) with Washington after his resignation.

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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Robert
  • 2018/11/30

I shut this clap trap off in the first chapter.

If this was a paper book, I would not even let it grace the crack of my ass. Stating the debunk fiction that Thomas Jefferson had a child with his slave is telling of the progressive agenda and the length and lies they will pontificate. Pathetic book and epic waste of time.