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The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson
     

The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson

by Daniel J. Boorstin
 

In this classic work by one of America's most distinguished historians, Daniel Boorstin enters into Thomas Jefferson's world of ideas. By analysing writings of 'the Jeffersonian Circle,' Boorstin explores concepts of God, nature, equality, toleration, education and government in order to illuminate their underlying world view. The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson

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In this classic work by one of America's most distinguished historians, Daniel Boorstin enters into Thomas Jefferson's world of ideas. By analysing writings of 'the Jeffersonian Circle,' Boorstin explores concepts of God, nature, equality, toleration, education and government in order to illuminate their underlying world view. The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson demonstrates why on the 250th anniversary of his birth, this American leader's message has remained relevant to our national crises and grand concerns.

"The volume is too subtle, too rich in ideas for anyone to do justice to it in brief summary, too heavily documented and too carefully wrought for anyone to dismiss its thesis. . . . It is a major contribution not only to Jefferson studies but to American intellectual history. . . . All who work in the history of ideas will find themselves in Mr. Boorstin's debt."—Richard Hofstadter, South Atlantic Monthly

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Booknews
Reprint of the work originally published by H. Holt in 1948 with a new (2 p.) preface. Printed on acid-free paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Merrill D. Peterson
With courage and skill, Daniel Boorstin has attempted to fit Jeffersonian ideas and purposes into a systematic philosophy…The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson defines the key problems of Jefferson scholarship for many years to come.
The New England Quarterly
Richard Hofstadter
The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson is not an account of Jeffersonian political philosophy, but of something which has received less attention: the view of the world which underlay it and which has survived to condition a great many other aspects of American life and thought….The volume is too subtle, too rich in ideas for anyone to do justice to it in a brief summary….It is a major contribution not only to Jefferson studies but to American intellectual history and…it may necessitate a very considerable revision of conceptions of our intellectual heritage. [This is] the product of an original and distinguished mind, which moves through its material with poise and assurance….All who work in the history of ideas will find themselves deeply in Mr. Boorstin's debt.
South Atlantic Monthly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226064963
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/01/1981
Edition description:
Phoenix ed
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

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