Search Results: "Jefferson Morley"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 3, 2012

"Elegant and nimble history of a series of events likely unknown to many readers."
A sprightly social history of the convergence of pro- and anti-slavery agitators in the city of Washington during the explosive summer of 1835. Read full book review >

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JEFFERSON by John B. Boles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A stately, knowledgeable study jostling for space among the groaning bookshelves devoted to the third president."
A fully fleshed biography of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) that emphasizes his creative paradoxes and accomplishments. Read full book review >

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JEFFERSON by Max Byrd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"A pivotal historical moment, but feebly reenacted, with an unfortunate tendency to substitute posturing for plotting—even the illicit relationships are more tepid than torrid."
Suspense writer Byrd (Target of Opportunity, Finders Weepers, etc.) shifts from familiar turf for a well-founded but listless historical saga about Thomas Jefferson in Paris during the French Revolution, depicting the author of the Declaration of Independence as a man whose actions ran counter to his principles. Read full book review >

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THOMAS JEFFERSON by Jon Meacham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Choosing to cover every aspect of Jefferson's life without exploring any particular part in depth makes this an engaging, informative introduction but does not make it stand out among many others that do the same. (extensive backmatter, not seen for review) (Biography. 10-16)"
In this adaptation for young readers of his Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (2012), Meacham overviews Jefferson's life, times and ideas.Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Impressive complexity put artfully and respectfully within the grasps of young readers. (Picture book/biography. 7-11)"
Beautiful and a little sad: the complex, brilliant, flawed nature of the third U.S. president. Read full book review >

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THOMAS JEFFERSON by Christopher Hitchens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2005

"A politician driven by self-interest? The very thought in the matter of the master of Monticello tells us that we live in revisionist times. Hitchens's slender study complements several lives of Jefferson while displacing none, and it's well worth reading."
A lucid, gently critical view of the great president and empire-builder and most literate of politicians. Read full book review >

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THOMAS JEFFERSON by Willard Sterne Randall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 1993

"A superlative contribution to Jeffersonian scholarship that rebuts some canards in recent literature (Fawn Brodie's sensational allegations about the President's personal life receive short shrift) while revealing the tensions latent in Jefferson's complex personality."
In the 250th anniversary year of Jefferson's birth, Randall (History/Univ. of Vermont) offers a brilliant, magisterial, and gracefully narrated biography of the sage of Monticello—a worthy successor to the author's Benedict Arnold (1990) and A Little Revenge (1984). Read full book review >

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JEFFERSON DAVIS by William C. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 1991

"A dispassionate, well-researched, and skillful biography of a complex and controversial figure. (Sixteen pages of b&w illustrations—not seen.)"
A fine, objective portrait in paradox, shrewdly detailing how Jefferson Davis's character flaws rendered him woefully unsuited to be President of the Confederacy. Read full book review >

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THOMAS JEFFERSON by Elizabeth V. Chew
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Well-informed and much-idealized if not entirely simplistic pictures of both the great man and his bustling estate. (sidebars, endnotes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Stepping carefully around the controversies, a former curator at Monticello reconstructs the septuagenarian Jefferson's active daily round. Read full book review >

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THOMAS JEFFERSON by Joyce Appleby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"A useful slap against the reactionaries who today claim descent from Jeffersonian ideals."
A portrait of our most controversial Founding Father as a genuine radical possessed of dangerous, frightening ideas about human nature and government. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 17, 1998

"Despite these flaws, this biography will attract readers too young for John B. Severance's Thomas Jefferson (p. 1293). (b&w reproductions, maps, notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 9-13)"
In the Trailblazer Biography series, an entry that proceeds chronologically, through the highlights of Jefferson's life, from his boyhood in Virginia, college days, family, views on slavery, the construction of Monticello, his reluctant participation in the new government, retirement, and death, with an summary of his legacy. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"A fine author at his best: outstanding. (Biography. 12+)"
A fascinating portrait that vividly portrays Jefferson's extraordinary brilliance and complexity—and his deep ambivalence about slavery—setting his ideas against historical events and society and his own uniquely wide-ranging gifts. Read full book review >