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Jefferson described his election to the presidency as a second American Revolution. For the first time, historian Joyce Appleby, rigorously explores this claim. She argues that our third president did, in fact, radically transform the political landscape of the United States by limiting the power of the government and eradicating the elitist practices inherited from the colonial era. His struggle to transfer influence from the upper class to the common citizen while limiting the power of the American government created a powerful new vision of liberty and democracy.
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By reggie p on 08-12-03
Good introduction to Jefferson
I love Thomas Jefferson and so enjoyed this book quite a bit. It focused on his presidency but also gave a good overview of the great person he was. Being a lover of the Lewis and Clark expedition, I was disappointed that it barely mentioned the adventure. It did, however, whet my appetite for learning more about Jefferson before and after his presidency.
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By John on 10-21-03
Ramblings About our 3rd President
This would be a better title for this book. I prefer biographies to be chronological and failing that chapters based on a subject and then events that deal with the subject in order. This book seems to be in no order. It seems like the author did some research on the subject and then just started writing with no outline. This makes the book more a collection of random facts than a biography.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful