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Readers travel from the beginning of Jefferson's brilliant political career in Virginia in 1769 through to his presidency in 1800. In one concise volume are his contributions to the Declaration of Independence, his role as party leader and Secretary of State, and his triumphs and problems in revolutionary America.
Posted April 11, 2011
As much as I wanted to love this book, its difficult given the somewhat boring delivery of the facts. Even the 'exciting events' are delivered in a drab and flat tone. Having just finished David McCullough's "John Adams" in which some of the same events were discussed as in this book, I can say I was disappointed to have finished reading a paragraph or section and then realize I had just read what was so interestingly delivered by McCullough. So, Cunningham is no McCullough; however, there are numerous other events that I thought deserved some commentary or explanation, but often its not provided.
I'm glad I read the book, though its not one you'll stay up late to get through. Plenty of facts, with much emphasis on Jefferson's battle with Hamilton and other Federalists.
I'm frustrated by the misleading reviews of this book by what appears to be 'publisher trolls' out to hype their own books. Don't believe this is a 5-Star that every 18-year old should read. LOL, its not that earth shattering.
Posted May 18, 2002
We think politics are partisan today. They are. But, they were just as bad in Jefferson's day. The difference is that here was a man who constantly educated himself and the American people asking us all to pursue reason as the means to analyze and decide critical issues. If every 18 year-old read just this one book, he or she would forever be equipped to think critically about society's issues. Imagine that!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 24, 2009
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