Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History

Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History

by Fawn M. Brodie
     
 

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A seminal biography of Thomas Jefferson and a fascinating exploration of his relationship with Sally Hemings.
With a novelist’s skill and a scholar’s meticulous detail, Fawn M. Brodie portrays Thomas Jefferson as he wrestled with the great issues of his time: revolution, religion, power, race, and love—ambivalences that exerted a subtle but

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A seminal biography of Thomas Jefferson and a fascinating exploration of his relationship with Sally Hemings.
With a novelist’s skill and a scholar’s meticulous detail, Fawn M. Brodie portrays Thomas Jefferson as he wrestled with the great issues of his time: revolution, religion, power, race, and love—ambivalences that exerted a subtle but powerful influence on his political ideas and his presidency. Far advanced for its time, Brodie’s biography was the first to set forth a convincing case that Thomas Jefferson was the father of children by his slave Sally Hemings. In a new introduction, Annette Gordon-Reed, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hemingses of Monticello, explores the impact of Brodie’s groundbreaking book and explains why it is still such a powerful account of one of our greatest and most elusive presidents.

Editorial Reviews

Larry McMurtry - Washington Post Book World
“Brilliant, provocative. . . . A biography no one interested in the man or his times should miss.”
Wallace Stegner
“A powerful and touching portrait. . . . Brodie has humanized Jefferson without in the least diminishing him.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393338331
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/06/2010
Pages:
624
Sales rank:
616,952
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(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

Annette Gordon-Reed is the author of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize–winning The Hemingses of Monticello and is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University.

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