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The Long Affair Thomas Jefferson and the French Revolution, 1785-1800 (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0226616568
ISBN-13: 9780226616568
Sku: 30275711
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.25H x 6L x 1.25T
Pages:  386
Edition Number:  2
 
As controversial and explosive as it is elegant and learned, this examination of Thomas Jefferson, as man and icon, through the critical lens of the French Revolution, offers a provocative analysis of the supreme symbol of American history and political culture and challenges the traditional perceptions of both Jeffersonian history and the Jeffersonian legacy. 15 illustrations.
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As controversial and explosive as it is elegant and learned, this examination of Thomas Jefferson, as man and icon, through the critical lens of the French Revolution, offers a provocative analysis of the supreme symbol of American history and political culture and challenges the traditional perceptions of both Jeffersonian history and the Jeffersonian legacy. 15 illustrations.
Author Bio
Conor Cruise O'Brien
Conor Cruise O'Brien was Pro-Chancellor of the University of Dublin, a consulting editor for the "Observer", and a contributing editor for the "Atlantic Monthly". He is the author of numerous books, including the widely acclaimed "The Great Melody: A Thematic Biography of Edmund Burke".

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Kirkus Reviews
"O'Brien examines two dark sides of the Jeffersonian legacy: his enthusiasm for the French Revolution, and his support for the slave-based Southern economy....O'Brien argues that the egalitarian promise of the Declaration of Independence and Jefferson's many statements against slavery were partly intended for political consumption and concealed both a deep-rooted support for the Southern slave system and a profound racism....On Jefferson's legacy to America, O'Brien ends by questioning the future status of a slaveholder with racist views in America's increasingly multicultural society."

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"O'Brien's penetrating study illuminates how and why Jeffersonian liberalism may be more of a burden than a blessing in America's political culture." - John Patrick Diggins

New York Times Book Review
"'The Long Affair' should be read by anyone interested in Jefferson--or in a good fight." - Richard Brookhiser 11/`17/1996

Washington Post Book World
"I have to confess that throughout the course of this long book I had serious doubts about O'Brien's mastery of the subject. But the concluding sermon left me doubting my doubts. O'Brien's breathtaking grandiosity in his self-appointed role as American prophet--the absolute conviction of his judgements, the forces of good and evil--resonates uncannily with Jefferson's Manichean view of the epochal struggle between republican good and monarchical evil." - Peter S. Onuf 11/24/1996

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeEdition:   0002
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0386
Product attributePublisher:   University of Chicago Press
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