The Real Thomas Jefferson (American Classics Series #1)
Jefferson is the central figure in American history, and...he may yet prove to be the central figure in modern history. So stated noted historian Henry Steele Commager. And as the English novelist Samuel Butler once wrote, Though God cannot alter the past, historians can. His observation is esp...more
I finally cracked it open about a month ago, and found it was full of stories. Not boring facts...but stories about Thomas Jefferson sources are from his letters and writings.
I just finished it yesterday and LOVE it. One of the best book I have ever read. Now on to Benjamin Franklin...
After reading this book, I had a new desire to study hard and learn to be a great sc...more
"It is a part of the American character to consider nothing as desperate, to surmount every difficulty by reason and contrivance."
From the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798:
"Resolved, that the several states composting the United States of America are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government; but that, by a compact under the style and title of a Constitution fo...more
Then it tells how Jefferson really was, not in the...more
Thomas Jefferson's parents were keenly interesting in his education and instilled inspired requirements in him to work diligently and consistently on his education. They sent him to a Scottish minister for 5 years where he was required to study the classics along with Greek, Latin, and French. He was pretty fluent by the time he hit 14...more
I'm thankful to have read about this great man. I enjoyed learning what he was passionate about and what motivated him. I wish I would have read this sooner. I wish...more
Thomas Jefferson is pretty much one of the greatest men to walk the earth. I would love to meet him one day, but I don't want to be a nuisance since he was basically...more
Luckily, Jeffersons own writing is brillia...more
Many examples are brought forward to illustrate his life and character to give the reader (me) tremendous fodder to feed on and consider my own goals and habits! in establishing new habits in my own live. He makes me want to do better and pursue m...more
One of the things I appreciated most was that his character was vindicated and the whole Sally Hemmings situation explained. This needs to be on the evening news at the time of the next Jefferson Family Reunion.
Being a follower of a Thomas Jefferson Education, I already had an appreciation of his broad and deep education. I loved rea...more
I found the authors did a very good job in weeding out fact from fiction.
It isn't just a book of facts. It tells his story and lets the people become real.
I'm going to start The Real Benjamin Franklin now. Can't wait.
It is my belief, after reading this book, that Thomas Jefferson is exactly the kind of president the United States so badly needs today.