Long journey with Mr. Jefferson: The Life of Dumas Malone

Long journey with Mr. Jefferson: The Life of Dumas Malone

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by William G Hyland, William G. Hyland
     
 

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The magisterial collaboration over half a lifetime between historian Dumas Malone and his subject, Thomas Jefferson, is the basis for William G. Hyland Jr.'s compelling Long Journey with Mr. Jefferson. Malone, the courtly and genteel historian from Mississippi, spent thirty-eight years researching and writing the definitive biography of the man who invented

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The magisterial collaboration over half a lifetime between historian Dumas Malone and his subject, Thomas Jefferson, is the basis for William G. Hyland Jr.'s compelling Long Journey with Mr. Jefferson. Malone, the courtly and genteel historian from Mississippi, spent thirty-eight years researching and writing the definitive biography of the man who invented the United States of America.

Hyland provides a surprising portrait of the man many consider America's greatest historian, recording in detail Malone's struggle to finish his towering six-volume work on Jefferson through excruciating pain and then blindness at the age of eighty-three. Hyland includes Malone's previously unpublished correspondence with such notables as John F. Kennedy, Harry S. Truman, George H. W. Bush, Felix Frankfurter, and Fawn Brodie. Readers are treated to an exclusive look at private family documents and Malone's unfinished memoir, which reflects on history, social commentary, and his life's accomplishments.

Offering much more than most biographies, this book imparts extensive insight into Malone's earlier years in Mississippi and Georgia, and how they shaped his character. Through interviews with Malone's intimates, family members, rivals, and subordinates, Hyland generates a true portrait of the man behind the intellect and the myth.

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ISBN-13:
9781612341989
Publisher:
Potomac Books Inc.
Publication date:
01/31/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

WILLIAM G. HYLAND JR., a native of Virginia, is the author of In Defense of Thomas Jefferson (Thomas Dunne Books, 2009), nominated for the Virginia Literary Award. A professor of law at Stetson University College of Law, he has his professional lectures that include speeches at the National Archives and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He is a member of the Virginia and New York Historical Societies and serves on the Board of Directors of the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society. He lives in Tampa, Florida.

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Long Journey with Mr. Jefferson: The Life of Dumas Malone 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
NMS More than 1 year ago
I never knew. What an impressive biography of this biographer of Mr. Jefferson. A great story. Makes me appreciate the volumes even more. Worthy of your time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Anyone interested in how good history is written will be mesmerized by this book. If some readers also want to find out whether recent assaults on Thomas Jefferson’s reputation are based on fact or on factoids, they will find a veritable mother lode of information here.”  —Thomas Fleming, author of The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers “William Hyland has done a tremendous service to us all by producing this carefully researched, thoroughly documented, yet very readable biography of the greatest Jefferson scholar the world had to date produced. I recommend the volume enthusiastically for scholars of all ages.” —Robert F. Turner, professor of law, University of Virginia, and chairman, Jefferson-Hemings Scholars Commission “Hyland’s work is more than the biography of a historian. His account of Malone’s intellectual struggles with and for Jefferson make an original and important contribution to Jefferson studies and to the understanding of American thought in the twentieth century.” —Clyde N. Wilson, Distinguished Professor of History (Emeritus), University of South Carolina “Wililam Hyland brilliantly and movingly brings Malone to life, from his Parris Island Marine Boot Camp experience to lunching with Queen Elizabeth II. Hyland deals most tellingly with Malone’s assessment of the Jefferson/Hemings issues. . . . He provides depth, clarity and scrupulous attention to detail.” —Arthur T. Downey, former National Security Council Adviser and author of Civil War Lawyers: Constitutional Questions, Courtroom Dramas, and the Men Behind Them