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Sep 05, Brent Ecenbarger rated it it was ok Shelves: biography , presidents. When I first started this book, I had a lot of good background information on Jefferson from the previous two books I had read in the genre biographies of Washington and Adams , as he had served as a Vice President and Secretary of State for their subjects. This book was the highest rated biography on Goodreads about Jefferson, and also highly rated on Amazon. The book's introduction also stressed how so many of the biographies about Jefferson have an agenda, and how the authors were attempting When I first started this book, I had a lot of good background information on Jefferson from the previous two books I had read in the genre biographies of Washington and Adams , as he had served as a Vice President and Secretary of State for their subjects.
The book's introduction also stressed how so many of the biographies about Jefferson have an agenda, and how the authors were attempting to write the definitive fair and accurate biography. Unfortunately, then the book began, and it was apparent that the authors all worshipped Jefferson, and were willing to either not mention any negative facts about Jefferson, relegate them to a foot note, or in the case of the most infamous scandal , discredit it in a page based on such detailed analysis as "it was not in his character to do as he was accused.
Born into - Jefferson inherited quite a bit of wealth, property and slaves, and married into even more. He also was healthy which was not true for most of his family. However, many of Jefferson's attributes were not necessarily helpful as they were with Washington. This redhaired, soft spoken individual did not command one's attention by presence alone, instead relying on his wit and eloquence as a speaker to do the job.
Pre-president - Much like Ben Franklin, Jefferson was a man of many interests and succeeded in most of all them. One area in particular that stood out was Jefferson's writings. After reading Adams and Washington's letters, one can't help but be amazed at the difference in both style and form; it is small wonder that Jefferson was chosen to write the Declaration of Independence as most all of his writings far surpassed those of the authors of this book in terms of clarity.
Presidential career - This is where this book really skimped over Jefferson's terms, spending about 50 pages over eight years. High points are certainly the Louisiana Purchase, and repealing the worst acts of the Adams administration; however Jefferson's embargo acts and naval Barbary "war" were both black marks on his second term.
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Americans were happy however, as the string of republican presidents that followed indicates. Vice President - It's hard to imagine any Vice President that followed to be as bad as Aaron Burr, an individual charged with treason, that went on the lamb after killing Alexander Hamilton and had guises of seceding to start his own country.
Made for an interesting read though. She seemed like a nice enough lady, and he never remarried. Post presidency - Jefferson's primary post presidency achievements were serving as the first president of a university and being the nation's most prolific letter writer, which due to his copies of each letter has greatly aided historians. His architectural ideas also continued to contribute to modern design. Book overall - What a letdown after the last two particularly Zernow's awesome Washington book.
If you're looking for a book that goes into detail like "then he was elected to the state house" with no explanation beyond that, or that only relays one story regarding Jefferson's slaves an account of when he returned after a long absence and was greeted by crying and cheers of joy for his return but skips over his failures to actually do anything as politician or slave owner to aid in his anti-slavery sentiments, then this is the book for you. Also check the footnotes, and see how few scholarly texts are cited. I gave it a 2nd star because it includes Jefferson's writings at the end, but this is not a great choice for fair analysis or in depth history of our third president.
Mar 06, Jeff Stockett rated it really liked it Shelves: political , biography. This book was amazing. I love the approach that it took to Thomas Jefferson.
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There are so many books at there that purport to know who Jefferson was and present an interpretation of him. This book did not try to interpret him at all. The premise behind this book and the reason for the title of "The Real Thomas Jefferson" was that we will get the most accurate picture of him if we let him speak for himself.
Most of the book is drawn from letters that he, himself, wrote. There are also excerpts fr This book was amazing. There are also excerpts from letters and writings of people that knew him. A few things that really impressed me about Thomas Jefferson: First, I was really impressed by his accomplishments as president of the United States. He worked to repeal the alien and sedition acts.
He won a war against pirates in Tripoli who were not allowing ships to enter the Mediterranean peacefully. He negotiated with Napoleon and executed the Louisiana purchase nearly doubling the size of the United States. He paid down a large sum of the debt. He made peace with the Native Americans. He did all this and still was able to significantly lower federal taxes. I sure wish we could have a president of that caliber today. Second, I was impressed with his religious beliefs.
There are those historians today who wish to pain Thomas Jefferson as a mere deist, one who believes there was a creator but that creator started the universe and walked away. According to Jefferson's own writings, that is not an accurate picture of him. His beliefs were very personal to him, so he wasn't one that was actively preaching Christianity.
However, he called himself a Christian and even carried around a version of the New Testament that he made himself by compiling only those parts that are the words of the Savior himself. Thomas Jefferson even went so far as to say that he believed in the pure Christianity of the Bible and that he believed that there would be a restoration of the ancient Christianity that would take place within the United States. He believed that all Christian sects were corrupt which is why he never identified with any of them but that the religious freedom in the United States would allow for "pure" Christianity to return.
The last thing I really liked about Thomas Jefferson was his true desire to just be with his family and study his books. He never really wanted to be a politician but did it out of love for his country. I definitely recommend reading this book for anyone who wants to know more about who Thomas Jefferson really was. It is a fascinating look at one of our greatest founders. View all 4 comments. Feb 20, LaRae rated it really liked it Shelves: non-fiction. This book is extremely factual, and therefore a bit dry, but overall an excellent overview of the life, both public and private, of Thomas Jefferson.
Mar 04, Madeline rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-inth-grade , autobiography-biography-memoir , nonfiction. Perhaps no Founder has been more slandered than Thomas Jefferson.
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The Real Thomas Jefferson discusses how he has been depicted through the years: An atheist, racist, profligate demagogue with coarse manners and a vulgar appearance, among other things. Afterward, it explains who Jefferson really was, not in the author's own words, but through Jefferson's personal writings, as well as the words of the people who knew him and those who have studied his life.
I think this quote describes everyone who Perhaps no Founder has been more slandered than Thomas Jefferson. I think this quote describes everyone who met him, with their preconceived notions: "I knew not who he was Smith entered and introduced the stranger to me as Mr. Such was my embarrassment I could scarcely listen to the conversation carried on between him and my husband I felt that I had been the victim of prejudice, that I had been unjust Yes, not only was he great, but a truly good man!
I started this book barely knowing anything about the eventual president; after reading it, I feel as though I knew him, the real him, not the "imaginary being who is of no relation," as he said. Such a wonderful biography. Feb 16, Mary Lou rated it really liked it Shelves: biographies-memoirs. Covers the basics in easy-to-read prose with abundance of quotes, alphabetized by topic for easy reference. May 13, Travis rated it liked it Shelves: non-fiction-english , biography. This was a very informative book. I read it to my kids it is pretty easy-going. One of the parts of this book that surprised me, surrounded his early education.
Thomas Jefferson's parents were keenly interesting in his education and instilled inspired requirements in him to work diligently and consistently on his education. They sent him to a Scottish minister for 5 years where he was required to study the classics along with Greek, Latin, and French. He was pretty fluent by the time he hit 14 This was a very informative book. He was pretty fluent by the time he hit 14, when his education took him away from home.
He boarded with a minister named James Maury for two years, where his education was bolstered in history and science. His formal schooling was formidable and rigorous. He had a solid foundation of study habits and his mind was prepared and trained when he started studying law with George Wythe. May 04, Celeste Batchelor rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , reference-books , biographies.
I typically do not love biographies, but I truly loved this one. I found it very well written and paced in a way that kept the reader engaged. The first half of the book goes through Thomas Jefferson's life while the second is a reference for topics and what he wrote or thought about them. Both are worth the shelf space to keep handy. I'm thankful to have read about this great man. I enjoyed learning what he was passionate about and what motivated him.
I wish I would have read this sooner. I wish I typically do not love biographies, but I truly loved this one. I wish all Americans would read this book and catch a glimpse into the true meaning behind the Constitution of the United States of America, what these brave Founding Fathers sacrificed, and compare with today's political environment. Oh how I wish the citizens of this great nation would see things through more than the colored lens of the moment and think through to the full end as people like Thomas Jefferson teach us.
Jan 17, Sia added it Shelves: I loved this book so much more than I thought I would. I laughed, I cried, seriously. It was a wonderful peek into the life of an amazing man and one of the most influential men during the founding of our country. There are so many false claims about him that paint him and the other founders in an unflattering light.
As imperfect as Jefferson was, he was a good man who did great things. If he had not lived or had not risen to the challenge of his day of writing the Declaration of Independence, I loved this book so much more than I thought I would. If he had not lived or had not risen to the challenge of his day of writing the Declaration of Independence, of influencing the signers of the Constitution, of redirecting the ship of our country's early government while president, we would have a very different country than we do today, and in many if not all cases a worse off country.
How iconic that he dies on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Mar 01, Kimbolimbo rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Every single person. Shelves: read-in , favorites. Excellent book. I didn't have to worry that I was reading the tabloids or exaggerated speculations about this great man. Some of the rumors and accusations about TJ were discussed and debunked. Thomas Jefferson is pretty much one of the greatest men to walk the earth.
I would love to meet him one day, but I don't want to be a nuisance since he was basically Excellent book. I would love to meet him one day, but I don't want to be a nuisance since he was basically hounded by groupies until the day he died Dang it! I don't want to be just another groupie.
Aug 20, Noah rated it liked it. I had hopes this book would be non-partisan, as it advertised. Unfortunately it was about as strongly partisan as a book can be. Jefferson is one of the most important people in American history and it seems as though no author or historian as of yet will tell both sides of the controversies surrounding him w out bias. I found myself checking Wikipedia for the other side of the story so that I could at least understand it.
Perhaps Chernow will write one! Luckily, Jeffersons own writing is brillia I had hopes this book would be non-partisan, as it advertised. Luckily, Jeffersons own writing is brilliant. I wasn't able to get through the 2nd part of the book because it was organized alphabetically by subject - almost as a glossary but his writing helped me get through quite a bit of it.
Feb 16, Jane rated it it was amazing. After reading "The Real Thomas Jefferson" I discovered that the three of them in their own way were indispensable to our country.
These books are wonderful. Feb 14, LeeAnn rated it it was amazing Shelves: education , biography , historical. This is a wonderful biography. The author allowed the person of Thomas Jefferson to shine through by using many of his own words and writings rather than submitting him to their own fanciful imaginations as so many so-called biographers are wont to do.
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Many examples are brought forward to illustrate his life and character to give the reader me tremendous fodder to feed on and consider my own goals and habits! He makes me want to do better and pursue m This is a wonderful biography. He makes me want to do better and pursue more lofty goals than I have to this point.
Mar 15, Dara Hess rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: all. Can I just say I love this man! I think of him as my own grandpa. I was working on the "Jefferson Independence Jubilee" fireworks program while reading this book, and I really can't begin to put on paper the deep respect, adoration and gratitude I feel for him. All I can say is that I want to be like him and some happy day I will meet him.
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