Thomas Jefferson Author of America (Paperback)
|Author: Christopher Hitchens|
|*Author: Hitchens, Christopher *Series Title: Eminent Lives *Subtitle: Author of America *Publication Date: 2009/05/01 *Number of Pages: 188 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.50 *Height: 8.00|
From the Publisher:
In this unique biography of Thomas Jefferson, leading journalist and social critic Christopher Hitchens offers a startlingly new and provocative interpretation of our Founding Father—a man conflicted by power who wrote the Declaration of Independence and acted as ambassador to France yet yearned for a quieter career in the Virginia legislature. A masterly writer, Jefferson was an awkward public speaker. A professed proponent of emancipation, he elided the issue of slavery from the Declaration of Independence and continued to own human property. A reluctant candidate, he left an indelible presidential legacy. With intelligence, insight, eloquence, and wit, Hitchens gives us an artful portrait of a complex, formative figure and his turbulent era.
"[A] brief study [that] levels the Monticello of cant that has been written about our third president and offers a balanced, readable portrait. Hitchens brings a refreshing perspective to the task...." - Ted Widmer 07/17/2005 Time
"The acidic British commentator is a perfect biographer for the disputatious Founding Father." - Richard Lacayo 07/18/2005