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Thomas Jefferson by Christopher Hitchens
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Jul 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: american-history, biography, library-office

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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Reading Progress

July 10, 2012 – Shelved
July 14, 2012 – Started Reading
July 15, 2012 –
page 33
17.55% "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."
July 15, 2012 –
page 59
31.38% "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."
July 15, 2012 –
page 69
36.7% "That's it--"a tendency toward a dismissive ruthlessness." That's what bothers me about Jefferson."
July 22, 2012 – Finished Reading

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