Mr. Jefferson
Albert Jay Nock
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Mr. Jefferson

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1926. Biography of the third president of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence. He was one of the most brilliant individuals in history. His interests were boundless, and his accomplishments were great and varied. He was a philosopher, educator, naturalist, politician, scientists, architect, inventor, pioneer in scientific farming, musician, and...more
Paperback, 202 pages
Published March 1st 1983 by Hallberg Publishing Corporation (first published 1926)
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Carol Apple
I enjoyed this book because I enjoy Mr. Nock's writing style and general attitude toward life and culture. As he writes in his postscript, this book is not meant to be a formal biography in the usual sense but is rather a "study" of manner and character. I got the feeling the author considers Jefferson to be a member of his rare intellectual lineage consisting of those educated persons who see the world for what it is, especially the cannibalistic tendencies of human government. This book focuse...more
I'm sure it is given its simple title on the basis of Jefferson's own assertion that even the title of "Mr." President" was more than was necessary. Nock makes it clear that he is neither historian nor biographer here, but merely a student of Jefferson's life. Nock portrays Jefferson as that ideal combination of mathematician and poet necessary to make a truly practical man. Nock relates the Anglican political structure and debate of William and Mary as being the training ground that gave Jeffer...more
Erez Davidi
When reading Mr. Nock's works, you can always expect to learn a new and fresh insight. Having read The Theory of Education in the United States by Mr. Nock, with which I had major disagreements, I highly enjoyed his elegant writing style and deep thinking. I came to read this book with quite the excitement and expectation, and overall, these expectations were well met. In this eloquently written biography, Mr. Nock approaches Jefferson's life in an unconventional manner. Rather than following th...more
An amateur biography on the most radical President, written with the view and through the eyes of a similar intelligent and educated man. Nock read through Jefferson's letters and drew his own conclusions outside of the common statist mentality of court exaltation which dominates the field of Historians. What motivated Jefferson to write the Declaration? What did he do in his spare time? How were his formative years spent and how were they crucial to his worldview? Why did he accept the presiden...more
It was a bit slow and I lost interest.
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