Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History

Overview

An ambitious, perceptive portrayal of a complex man, this best-selling biography broke new ground in its exploration of Jefferson's inner life.
Here for the first time we meet Jefferson as a man of feeling and passion. With a novelist's skill and meticulous scholarship, Fawn M. Brodie shows Jefferson as he wrestled with issues of revolution, religion, power, race, and love-ambivalences that exerted a subtle but powerful influence on his political writing and his decision making....

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Overview

An ambitious, perceptive portrayal of a complex man, this best-selling biography broke new ground in its exploration of Jefferson's inner life.
Here for the first time we meet Jefferson as a man of feeling and passion. With a novelist's skill and meticulous scholarship, Fawn M. Brodie shows Jefferson as he wrestled with issues of revolution, religion, power, race, and love-ambivalences that exerted a subtle but powerful influence on his political writing and his decision making. The portrait that results adds a whole new depth to those of the past.

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Editorial Reviews

Ray A. Billington
“Thoroughly fascinating, opening vistas into Jefferson's life and thought that were fresh and exciting. A superbly written book, sparkling with new information and interpretation.”
Larry McMurtry - Washington Post Book World
“Brilliant, provocative. . . . A biography no one interested in the man or his times should miss.”
Wallace Stegner
“Powerful and touching. . . . The story of an intimate life hidden from and at odds with the public life. . . . Brodie has humanized Jefferson without in the least diminishing him.”
Page Smith
“An extraordinary human drama told with great insight, compassion, and literary skill. What history should be but seldom is.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393317527
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 676,657
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Fawn M. Brodie was professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of several noted biographies, including Thomas Jefferson and The Devil Drives: A Life of Sir Richard Burton

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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Introduction, Annette Cordon-Reed xv

Acknowledgments xxv

I The Semi-Transparent Shadows 21

II The Parents 33

III A Sense of Family 47

IV A Capacity for Involvement 57

V A Problem with the Forbidden 68

VI Martha Jefferson 80

VII The Revolutionary 90

VIII Jefferson and Independence-The Domestic Problem 104

IX The Flight from Power 120

X Jefferson and the War 135

XI Jefferson Writes a Book 150

XII The Two Marthas 162

XIII The Return to Politics 172

XIV Restlessness and Torment 185

XV My Head and My Heart 199

XVI The Second Interlude 216

XVII Sally Hemings 228

XVIII The Revolutionary Goes Home 246

XIX The Satellite Sons 257

XX Disillusionment in Eden 276

XXI Triangles at Monticello 287

XXII Candidate à Contre Coeur 301

XXIII Callender 315

XXIV Jason 324

XXV Betrayal 339

XXVI Jefferson under Attack 357

XXVII Death, Hatred, and the Uses of Silence 376

XXVIII Jefferson and Burr 393

XXIX A Genius for Peace 412

XXX Like a Patriarch of Old 422

XXXI Writer of Letters 443

XXXII The Monticello Tragedy 455

Appendix I Reminiscences of Madison Hemings 471

Reminiscences of Israel Jefferson 477

Appendix II "My Head and My Heart" 483

Appendix III The Family Denial 493

Notes 503

Bibliography 559

Index 571

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2003

    Thomas Jefferson ----- Misinterpreted

    This is another biography skewed to pretend to have something that all of the other many previously written books on Thomas Jefferson does not have, in order to attract attention and sell books. Unfortunately, it is another biography that continues to sour, unjustly, the reputation of Thomas Jefferson, having information that is really only borne of nothing new in fact and a lot new in imagination and opinion of the author. This book would be better called "Thomas Jefferson --- Misinterpreted". I do not recommend this book to anyone who cherishes objectivity. Instead, I recommend reading "The Jefferson-Hemmings Myth: An American Travesty" by Eyler Robert Coates, a book that tells, after all the sensationalist headlines have done their damage, the rest of the TJ-Sally story regarding the DNA evidence that actually proves others fathered Sally's children, not Thomas Jefferson, and, "West Point: Character Leadership Education...Thomas Jefferson" by Norman Thomas Remick, a book that brings an unbiased understanding of Thomas Jefferson into clear focus by using the actual readings and writings of Jefferson himself as sources for the epic of the USA, using West Point allegorically for the USA.

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