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Jefferson and the Ordeal of Liberty (Jefferson and His Time #3)

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The third volume in Dumas Malone's distinguished study of Thomas Jefferson and his time deals with one of the most fascinating and controversial periods of Jefferson's life. It includes the story of the final and most crucial phase of his secretaryship of state; his retirement to Monticello; his assuption of the leadership of the opposition party; and the crisis during the ...more
Hardcover, 545 pages
Published August 11th 2005 by University of Virginia Press (first published January 1st 1962)
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Aaron Million
Volume III of Malone's exhaustive study of Thomas Jefferson. This book covers his last year as Secretary of State (1793) through his three year retirement to his home in Virginia, then his one term as Vice President (1797-1801) and concluding with his election to his first term as President in 1801 (yes, 1801, not 1800 due to the election being a tie and thus thrown into the House of Representatives to decide). Being that there literally was nothing for the Vice President to do back then other t ...more
May 06, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“Jefferson and the Ordeal of Liberty” is the third of six volumes in Dumas Malone’s epic biography on Thomas Jefferson. Malone spent over one-third of his life researching and writing this series, his most renowned work for which he won a 1975 Pulitzer Prize. This volume covers the years 1792-1800, including the last year of Jefferson’s tenure as Secretary of State, his three-year retirement at Monticello, his years as John Adams’ Vice President and his el
amy francis
Dec 30, 2016 amy francis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliantly written biography in a series of biographies by Dumas on Thomas Jefferson. HIGHLY recommend for anyone interested in the political history of our country. I'm on a quest to truly understand the details about how the United States was founded, why, and the personalities of the major players in that task. Will be posting about each of the biographies in this series, but cannot state emphatically enough how much I enjoy reading these over and over.

Each book sequentially covers a part of
Ray Ziemer
This is the third volume of Dumas Malone's Thomas Jefferson biography, covering the years form 17192 - 1801. As George Washington's Secretary of State, Jefferson was responsible for drafting the young country's important treaties and the act of neutrality, which defined terms for the survival of the U.S. when its old ally France went to war with England. A francophile himself, he was concerned about our relationship to the volatile government of revolutionary France. He found himself in dispute ...more
Dec 18, 2016 Beverly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Book three of this six book series by Dumas Malone covers the last year of his life as Secretary of State, his brief retirement to Monticello, his years as Vice President, and his election to the Presidency. Nothing much happens in this book and I think this period of Jefferson's life could have been covered in half the pages. This is definitely the worst of Malone's books so far.

On to book four. It can only get better from here.
This is the middle of a long series, and it is beginning to sprawl. Having set the stage for political conflict in tbe preceding volume, Dumas Malone turns his minute focus from foreign affairs to the ordering of the domestic political sphere. The universal unification of America under Washington has passed, and the bulk of this book is concerned with a detailed analysis of the splintering of factions, the creation of parties, and the debate of ideas. This was well foreshadowed in the first volu ...more
James Violand
Jan 10, 2014 James Violand rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All Americans
Shelves: own
This review applies to the entire series, Jefferson and His Times.
Anyone who wants to understand a fraction of Jefferson, needs to start here. This work is the source that most academicians use. It is thorough and depends upon Jefferson's correspondence, editorials, reports, day books, conversations and memories. What more could you ever need? Heavily footnoted, this series puts to shame all other works on this great American. Some popular authors have written of Jefferson suggesting what he may
Oct 26, 2015 Zørch rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I set this one aside, and likely will wait at least a year before I try again. It just goes two or three layers deeper into what the author assumes to be the thought process of Jefferson and his colleagues in making so many decisions.
This might be appropriate for scholars working on their own post graduate degrees, but for the everyday reader, entirely too dense.

That's it. I did set it aside, and now I am being asked as a read in progress to comment. I just changed it to Read, though I have no
Jun 30, 2016 Guera25 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though Malone's epic hateboner for Hamilton and the Federalists continues, this volume was more engaging than the last, which felt strident and oddly defensive, as though he were trying to justify unseemly behavior on the part of his hero. The sections treating on the architecture and renovation of Monticello were tedious, but it must be said that I have no interest in architecture beyond being safe in the knowledge that a building I'm about to enter isn't going to collapse around my ears; the s ...more
Jul 26, 2011 Fabian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thomas Jefferson: the driest forefather ever! The whole of this voluminous biography should be read by all Americans.
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Dumas Malone, 1892–1986, spent thirty-eight years researching and writing Jefferson and His Time. In 1975 he received the Pulitzer Prize in history for the first five volumes. From 1923 to 1929 he taught at the University of Virginia; he left there to join the Dictionary of American Biography, bringing that work to completion as editor-in-chief. Subsequently, he served for seven years as director ...more
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