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8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Jefferson's contradictions explained

Excellent book. Christopher Hitchens is an outstanding writer who is also well educated and well informed. These attributes clearly come out in this book. He unbiasedly explains Jefferson's life contradictions such as his ownership of slaves as well as his prolific b...
Excellent book. Christopher Hitchens is an outstanding writer who is also well educated and well informed. These attributes clearly come out in this book. He unbiasedly explains Jefferson's life contradictions such as his ownership of slaves as well as his prolific beliefs against human ownership. Hitchens goes farther and meticulously points out Jefferson's many compassionate qualities, his logic and his use of REASON to reach conclusions, his disdain for beliefs in the supernatural and incantations. Then he shows Jefferson's errors in judgement, his "religious" analogies in his writings and many other contradictions in his life. AWESOME Book. Worth reading.

posted by SS1010 on September 19, 2009

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7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Heavy going

I was looking forward to reading a good biography of Thomas Jefferson and received this book as a gift. After completing several chapters, I decided to put it down and seek out another. I found this author's writing style heavy going. It reminded me of that colege pr...
I was looking forward to reading a good biography of Thomas Jefferson and received this book as a gift. After completing several chapters, I decided to put it down and seek out another. I found this author's writing style heavy going. It reminded me of that colege professor who cannot make his point but becomes bogged down in run-on and on and on sentences to the point where you don't know what he's talking about. Too often, I found my self parsing back through the many commas in a complex sentence to see what the author had started out to say. I will probably only read one biography of Jefferson - this will not be it.

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