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Thomas Jefferson by Christopher Hitchens
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Jul 15, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: american-history, biography, library-office
Read from July 14 to 22, 2012 — I own a copy

This book could not have been written 40 years ago--so much has been learned since then. Hitchens does an amazing job of viewing Jefferson's life as a whole, in light of all the new research, and so succinctly. Unlike the formerly revered Dumas Malone, who needed six volumes. This is a wonderful book if you already know something about Jefferson and the times he lived in. But read it, even if you don't, then learn more and come back to it later.

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07/15/2012 page 33
16.0% "Hitchens makes an interesting biographer, being both British and American, and also not a professional historian. He looks at Jefferson with fresh eyes, and also with awareness of recent studies that have expanded what we know of this paradoxical man."
07/15/2012 page 59
28.0% "It is still difficult to understand how J could turn a blind eye to the outrages of the French Revolution, but Hitchens did try to shed some light on this."
07/15/2012 page 69
33.0% "That's it--"a tendency toward a dismissive ruthlessness." That's what bothers me about Jefferson."

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