Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History

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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 ...
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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

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.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553254433
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/1981
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 832

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 a professor of law at New York Law School and a professor of history at Rutgers University. She is the author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy. She lives in New York City.

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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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