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Jefferson's White House: Monticello on the Potomac

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As the first president to occupy the White House for an entire term, Thomas Jefferson shaped the president's residence, literally and figuratively, more than any of its other occupants. Remarkably enough, however, though many books have immortalized Jefferson's Monticello, none has been devoted to the vibrant look, feel, and energy of his still more famous and consequentia ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Samantha
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
An evocative and exquisitely rendered portrait of life in the White House during the Jefferson presidency.

Early 19th century life in the President’s home and the surrounding city of Washington are thoroughly chronicled against the backdrop of Jefferson’s political machinations and career.

Though billed as a complete portrait of daily life, the book focuses more on cuisine, wine, and innovations that were part of Jefferson’s White House, and pays less attention to things like attire,
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Pernette
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
James B. Conroy's Jefferson's White House: Monticello on the Potomac was a very informative read. This book is so descriptive that you almost feel like you know the man. His personal preferences are noted throughout the book as well as his feelings for people. Jefferson was lax in some ways but very attentive to details in many others. The city of Washingon and the country is evolving during Jefferson's presidency as noted in his book. He was most intriguing. This book will appeal to Thomas Jeff ...more
Tracy
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Someone like Thomas Jefferson already has had so much written about him it's hard to believe something new could be said, but this book does a great job of looking at his life from a new angle.
I loved the first hand accounts of those visitors to the White House who encountered this revered gentleman for the first time. His enemies, friends and constituents all wrote about their encounters and it paints a new picture (at least for me) of the man.

A great book for those interested in learnin
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Paul
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are obviously lots of books on this president. This one seems unique, and is extremely well-written and researched. A bit too much detail at times, but doesn't reduce it's rating overall. You're bound to learn to interesting facts. Recommended for history fans.

I really appreciate the advanced copy for review!!
Dan
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Three stars because it was so well researched. Conroy gets into the nitty gritty of the White House under Jefferson, right down to the furnishings and drama between White House servants. While it doesn't make for very enjoyable reading, these details do illuminate how Jefferson embodied Republican values and gives a close-up view of Washington D.C. at the time.
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