Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation: A Biography / Edition 1

Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation: A Biography / Edition 1

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by Merrill D. Peterson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195019091

ISBN-13: 9780195019094

Pub. Date: 09/11/1986

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The definitive life of Jefferson in one volume, this biography relates Jefferson's private life and thought to his prominent public position and reveals the rich complexity of his development. As Peterson explores the dominant themes guiding Jefferson's career—democracy, nationality, and enlightenment—and Jefferson's powerful role in shaping America, he

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The definitive life of Jefferson in one volume, this biography relates Jefferson's private life and thought to his prominent public position and reveals the rich complexity of his development. As Peterson explores the dominant themes guiding Jefferson's career—democracy, nationality, and enlightenment—and Jefferson's powerful role in shaping America, he simultaneously tells the story of nation coming into being.

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ISBN-13:
9780195019094
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/11/1986
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
1104
Sales rank:
1,033,807
Product dimensions:
8.06(w) x 5.31(h) x 2.31(d)
Lexile:
1240L (what's this?)

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Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peterson has written as fine a one-volume biography of Jefferson as is possible, given the complexity and breadth of the subject. Peterson remains mostly fair to Jefferson, even if he always gives Jefferson the benefit of the doubt. In avoiding the fawning lionization of Dumas Malone, Peterson has done the rest of us a real service. Peterson is very readable and the book flows rather well; one never feels the sense that he or she is merely muddling through. The only shortcoming of the biography is that Peterson sometimes sacrifices a discussion of Jefferson's actions for explorations of Jefferson's thoughts when the two should have been combined. For example, Peterson spends more than a dozen pages tracing the origins of Jefferson's revolutionary thought (a fascinating, enlightening dozen pages, mind you) during a chapter dedicated to one of the most intellectually formative of Jefferson's life -- his years in Williamsburg as a law student and then as a member of the House of Burgesses, cutting his revolutionary teeth on the rhetoric of Patrick Henry and the charisma of Richard Henry Lee. Jefferson's involvement in Virginia's Committee of Correspondence and other seminal activities of the Virginia radicals get very little explication from Peterson, who is foremost concerned with how Jefferson reached his broader conclusions rather than his early implementation of those principles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago