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The Inner Jefferson: Portrait of a Grieving Optimist

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Thomas Jefferson's personal life has always been a puzzle to biographers. Even his contemporaries found him difficult to know.

In Jefferson's correspondence, however, Andrew Burstein has found a key to the inner man. Burstein confronts widespread misunderstandings about Jefferson's romantic life and provides insight into the contradictions that still surround our third pre
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Hardcover, First Edition, 356 pages
Published August 29th 1995 by University Press of Virginia (first published August 22nd 1995)
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Gerry
Oct 19, 2013 Gerry rated it it was amazing
This book clearly captures the essence of who Thomas Jefferson actually was. Though I read this book in 1998 I intend to re-read it again in 2014. With current political climate of Washington DC it is worth revisiting the struggles of our Third President.
Carlos Cardenas
The life of a fascinating figure in US History. A well-rounded and highly intelligent and cultured man that shaped the path the US would follow thereafter.
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Aug 29, 2016 Trav S.D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave it four stars because it is very well researched and reasonably well written. I think however that it's appeal will probably limited strictly to hard core Jefferson freaks, people who have read all the OTHER books and so are looking for something that hits a new angle. This one strictly deals with his personal and professional relations as analyzed through his correspondence. It's the sort of book you might buy by accident in the Monticello bookshop. Personally, I am attracted to Jefferso ...more
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Andrew Burstein is the Charles P. Manship Professor of History at Louisiana State University, and the author of The Passions of Andrew Jackson, Jefferson’s Secrets, and Madison and Jefferson, among others. Burstein’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, and Salon.com, and he advised Ken Burns’s production "Thomas Jefferson." He has been featured on C-SPAN's ...more
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