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American Sphinx by Joseph J. Ellis
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Jul 01, 2010

really liked it

This is an elegant, informative and well researched book. I’ve learned many things about Thomas Jefferson (for example: he didn’t like public attention) and Mr. Ellis’ analysis is certainly worth of praise.

The book is divided into five parts:
- Philadelphia: 1775 -76
- Paris: 1784-89
- Monticello: 1794 – 97
- Washington D.C.: 1801 – 04
- Monticello: 1816 – 26

As you can see, the book starts at the dawn of the American Revolution with Jefferson’s arrival in Philadelphia as the delegate from Virginia to the Continental Congress and follows him to his later years in Monticello.

While I highly recommend this book to any history fan, I’d just like to say that for me it was rather difficult to read. I don’t know why as I love history and history books – maybe because the text seemed more like a lecture than a “story”.

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