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Book Reviews > Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History, Fawn McKay Brodie

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message 1: by Mike (new)

Mike | 27 comments Mod
This horrible, inexcusable book is full of sloppy research, lies, innuendo and bias. The author must have either had an ax to grind, or just made the whole thing up. Avoid this disaster at all costs!

message 2: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Doesn't Annette Gordon-Reed write that Brodie gives Jefferson a Freudian analysis in "The Hemingses of Monticello?" I am listeing to the book instead of reading it, so I can't look up the passage I'm thinking of. It was in reference to a letter that Jefferson wrote to a lady friend describing his passionate reaction to a painting depicting Abraham, Sarah and the slave girl.

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Mike | 27 comments Mod
AGR does indeed reference Brodie's "Freudian" spin on the TJ-Hemings relationship. This was, in my opinion, a very charitable statement. Personally, I think Brodie was a loon who should've worked for the National Enguirer. I'm only surprised that she didn't suggest that Sally Hemings was a robot and that Monticello was built by aliens.

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