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Wishnitwas1998
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History/book board: looking for a good book on Thomas Jefferson
I like reading books like Chernow’s on Hamilton, 600-800 pages but with an unbiased author

I’m pretty skeptical of Jefferson and think he may have been quite overrated so I’d like to read more about him


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re: History/book board: looking for a good book on Thomas Jefferson
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re: History/book board: looking for a good book on Thomas Jefferson


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re: History/book board: looking for a good book on Thomas Jefferson
Google Sally Hemming's and you'll find the details of Thomas Jefferson's relationship with her & the many children they produced.


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re: History/book board: looking for a good book on Thomas Jefferson
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Let me help you out there chief


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re: History/book board: looking for a good book on Thomas Jefferson
I read the Jefferson Bible recently. Maybe an interesting companion to a good biography.


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re: History/book board: looking for a good book on Thomas Jefferson
You must be a racist wanting to read a book on a slave owner. True colors really showing


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CosmoKramerMD
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re: History/book board: looking for a good book on Thomas Jefferson
The art of power- Jon Meachem


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re: History/book board: looking for a good book on Thomas Jefferson
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I’m pretty skeptical of Jefferson and think he may have been quite overrated so I’d like to read more about him



What makes you say that?


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Wishnitwas1998
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re: History/book board: looking for a good book on Thomas Jefferson
I’ll be damned, I didn’t know they had made a book board. Well my bad then, pls delete


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The art of power- Jon Meachem


Seconded. Very comprehensive and Meachem is a fantastic writer. Most of the time, you don't even feel like you're reading a biography.



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Wishnitwas1998
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re: History/book board: looking for a good book on Thomas Jefferson
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The art of power- Jon Meachem




CosmoKramerMD
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re: History/book board: looking for a good book on Thomas Jefferson
He wrote another one in a similar style about Andrew Jackson. Very very good. Titled American Lion


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re: History/book board: looking for a good book on Thomas Jefferson
Great book. Also worth reading American Sphinx by Joeseph Ellis, and Jefferson The Architect of American Liberty by John Boles.


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Penrod
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re: History/book board: looking for a good book on Thomas Jefferson
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I’m pretty skeptical of Jefferson and think he may have been quite overrated so I’d like to read more about him

Jefferson was a poetic statesman. He certainly was not overrated for that; he wrote some of the most beautiful and inspiring prose of the revolutionary period. However, he was not a man to put himself in harm's way. He was not a fighter, and in his day, some thought him a coward. His plans for an agrarian society, in which men lived pure lives close to nature, were immediately overwhelmed by Hamilton's vision of a financial, commercial empire.

So he was way wrong on the future of America; he was not a warrior; and he was a slaveowner, although he was against slavery. Against this, he was the poet of the revolution, wrote the Declaration of Independence, and consummated the Louisiana Purchase. A mixed bag, but on balance I say he was a great man.


Wishnitwas1998
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re: History/book board: looking for a good book on Thomas Jefferson
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He wrote another one in a similar style about Andrew Jackson. Very very good. Titled American Lion


I’ve actually read that one, loved it, just couldn’t remember Meachum’s names or I would’ve already searched for a book by hiM


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re: History/book board: looking for a good book on Thomas Jefferson
The art of Power


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Wishnitwas1998
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re: History/book board: looking for a good book on Thomas Jefferson
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Jefferson was a poetic statesman. He certainly was not overrated for that; he wrote some of the most beautiful and inspiring prose of the revolutionary period. However, he was not a man to put himself in harm's way. He was not a fighter, and in his day, some thought him a coward. His plans for an agrarian society, in which men lived pure lives close to nature, were immediately overwhelmed by Hamilton's vision of a financial, commercial empire.


I should have clarified that his writing is beyond reproach, I just wonder sometimes how much substance was actually there. I’m also dismayed by his inconsistencies regarding Presidential power. He preached one thing for years, then when he was POTUS behaved totally differently


So I suspect*. (Thus wanting to learn more)
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GarmischTiger
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re: History/book board: looking for a good book on Thomas Jefferson
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The art of power- Jon Meachem
Start here.


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ecb
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re: History/book board: looking for a good book on Thomas Jefferson
Burr, by gore Vidal is a great book, not actually history, but probably accurate.


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