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Thomas Jefferson by Christopher Hitchens
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Sep 20, 2011

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Having followed Thomas Jefferson bios my whole life, this one was most interesting because it was written by Hitchens, who is as much of a contrarian and "complicated" individual as Jefferson was himself. Hitchens tries to channel Jefferson's thought processes and changing opinions as new information presented itself to him. A brilliant man to the core, America's polymath, Jefferson was deeply conflicted about wanting the agrarian life with his interests in architecture, botany, inventions, et al.; and the life of the politician, of which he was a consummate one...forever far-sighted and plotting his own course around the Federalist agenda. His weak spot...slavery...absolutely against it in principle, trying to write even stronger language into the Declaration of Independence, but keeping slaves himself as part of his "family".
Jefferson...a brilliant man of contradictions, written, with no candy coating, by Hitchens, another man of contradictions.
I do wish there was a 1/2 star system on Goodreads. I would have given it a 3 1/2. I would recommend the book to anyone who is as fascinated in Jefferson as I have always been.

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