Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination

Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination

by Annette Gordon-Reed, Peter S. Onuf


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New York Times Bestseller

Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle

Finalist for the George Washington Prize

Finalist for the Library of Virginia Literary Award

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Selection

"An important book…[R]ichly rewarding. It is full of fascinating insights about Jefferson." —Gordon S. Wood, New York Review of Books

Hailed by critics and embraced by readers, "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs" is one of the richest and most insightful accounts of Thomas Jefferson in a generation. Following her Pulitzer Prize–winning The Hemingses of Monticello¸ Annette Gordon-Reed has teamed with Peter S. Onuf to present a provocative and absorbing character study, "a fresh and layered analysis" (New York Times Book Review) that reveals our third president as "a dynamic, complex and oftentimes contradictory human being" (Chicago Tribune). Gordon-Reed and Onuf fundamentally challenge much of what we thought we knew, and through their painstaking research and vivid prose create a portrait of Jefferson, as he might have painted himself, one "comprised of equal parts sun and shadow" (Jane Kamensky).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631492518
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 153,174
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Annette Gordon-Reed is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University. The author of Pulitzer Prize–winning The Hemingses of Monticello, she lives in New York and Cambridge.

Peter S. Onuf is the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia. He lives in Portland, Maine, and Virginia.

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction: North and South 1

Part 1 Patriarch

Chapter 1 Home 27

Chapter 2 Plantation 45

Chapter 3 Virginia 73

Part 2 "Traveller"

Chapter 4 France 97

Chapter 5 Looking Homeward 135

Chapter 6 Politics 169

Part 3 Enthusiast

Chapter 7 Musk 211

Chapter 8 Visitors 237

Chapter 9 Privacy and Prayers 267

Epilogue 301

Acknowledgments 321

Notes 323

Index 349

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