Thomas Jefferson and His Time, Volume 5 : Thomas Jefferson and His Time

  • by Dumas Malone
  • Narrated by Anna Fields
  • Series: Thomas Jefferson and His Time
  • 24 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The fifth volume of the Jefferson series completes the story of his presidency, carrying him through his troubled second term, but also to the end of an official career that spanned some 40 years. Here is a vibrant account of Jefferson's disparate activities: sponsoring the Lewis and Clark Expedition; concluding the naval "war" with the Barbary pirates; engaging in a political duel with Chief Justice Marshall over the trial of Aaron Burr; attempting to impose an embargo on exports in reaction to the impressment of American seamen by foreign powers; and, finally, retiring to his beloved haven at Monticello.

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What the Critics Say

"Malone illuminates with erudition and narrative skill. It would appear...that Malone has read and evaluated everything of consequence ever written by or about Jefferson." (The New Republic)

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Classic work, so-so reading

The work is probably the definitive biography of Thomas Jefferson. It's hard to imagine one more complete or better executed and is a real joy to read. Some reviews on this state that Malone is "pro-Jefferson" and biased towards him. Certainly, Malone is admires Jefferson (I can't imagine spending so many years on one man and not feeling some attachment to him), but he always seems objective regarding the facts in any given controversy and doesn't spare TJ any criticism when warranted. On the other hand, TJ made many enemies over his lifetime and these made numerous claims without necessarily being based in facts. Malone examines each with care and reason. The recording is dated in the late-1990s and was originally on cassette tapes. This is known because there is an occasional slip as she announces the beginning of a new tape from time to time. There are some technical problems and I recall these being mainly in the 1st and 5th volumes. On the whole, they aren't a big deal. Her tone is a bit wry for my taste but she gets the job done (the big, big job).
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- Dale

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2007
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.