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Drawing on sources previous biographers have glossed over or missed entirely, Burstein uncovers, first and foremost, how Jefferson confronted his own mortality; and in doing so, he reveals how he viewed his sexual choices.
Delving into Jefferson's soul, Burstein lays bare the president's thoughts about his own legacy, his predictions for American democracy, and his feelings regarding women and religion. The result is a moving and surprising work of history that sets a new standard, post-DNA, for the next generation's reassessment of the most evocative and provocative of this country's founders.
"Splendid....This is a deeply moving portrait of the aged Jefferson's body, mind, and spirit that takes the measure, as Burstein says, of the full range of the founder's imagination." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Gary on 05-20-05
Should have been a short story.
The author took what might have made a good short story (maybe 2 hours maximum) and turns it into a monotonous, gruelling 14 hours of overkill, read by a poor reader that only makes it that much more torturous. Most of his concepts are repeated so often you think you have rewound the book in error. If you are interterested in Jefferson, find a better biography than this one.
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By Helen on 09-19-05
This book is probably one of the most unorganized biographies I have read. It is not laid out in chronological order, but it bounces around in time. It is as though the author was too preoccupied with the possibility of scandel in Jefferson's personal life, and the book starts right there in Jefferson's latter days, moves around chronologically, and then returns to his latter days at the end of the book. I would have preferred that it began in Jefferson's early life and progressed through time and approached each element of his life as it came. The scandal is thrown at the reader right away, and the rest of Jefferson's life becomes an afterthought.
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