American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

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Ellis, Joseph J.
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Ellis, Joseph J.
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Descrizione libro Vintage, 1998. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. BRAND NEW, Perfect Shape, No Black Remainder Mark,Fast Shipping With Online Tracking, International Orders shipped Global Priority Air Mail, All orders handled with care and shipped promptly in secure packaging, we ship Mon-Sat and send shipment confirmation emails. Our customer service is friendly, we answer emails fast, accept returns and work hard to deliver 100% Customer Satisfaction!. Codice libro della libreria 9034099

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Ellis, Joseph J.
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Descrizione libro Vintage. 1 Paperback(s), 1996. soft. Condizione libro: New. (Winner of the 1996 National Book Award for Nonfiction) For a man who insisted that life on the public stage was not what he had in mind, Thomas Jefferson certainly spent a great deal of time in the spotlight, notes history professor Joseph Ellis. A follow-up to Passionate Sage, his character portrait of John Adams, and a prequel of sorts to his 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner Founding Brothers, this book probes the character of our most inscrutable, self-contradictory Founding Father. Ellis sifts the facts from the legends and rumors, treading a path between vilification and hero worship in order to formulate a plausible portrait of the man who still today "hover[s] over the political scene like one of those dirigibles cruising above a crowded football stadium, flashing words of inspiration to both teams." We learn that Jefferson sang incessantly under his breath; that he delivered only two public speeches in eight years as president, while spending ten hours a day at his writing desk; that sometimes his political sensibilities collided with his domestic agenda, as when he ordered an expensive piano from London during a boycott (and pledged to "keep it in storage"). We see him relishing such projects as the nailery at Monticello that allowed him to interact with his slaves more palatably, as pseudo-employer to pseudo-employees. We grow convinced that he preferred to meet his lovers in the rarefied region of his mind rather than in the actual bedchamber. And we watch him exhibiting both great depth and great shallowness, combining massive learning with extraordinary naïveté, piercing insights with self-deception on the grandest scale. "Penetrating Jefferson's placid, elegant facade, this extraordinary biography brings the sage of Monticello down to earth without either condemning or idolizing him. Jefferson saw the American Revolution as the opening shot in a global struggle destined to sweep over the world, and his political outlook, in Ellis's judgment, was more radical than liberal. A Francophile, an obsessive letter-writer, a tongue-tied public speaker, a sentimental soul who placed women on a pedestal and sobbed for weeks after his wife's death, Jefferson saw himself as a yeoman farmer but was actually a heavily indebted, slaveholding Virginia planter. His retreat from his early anti-slavery advocacy to a position of silence and procrastination reflected his conviction that whites and blacks were inherently different and could not live together in harmony, maintains Mount Holyoke historian Ellis. Jefferson clung to idyllic visions, embracing, for example, the 'Saxon myth,' the utterly groundless theory that the earliest migrants from England came to America at their own expense, making a total break with the mother country. His romantic idealism, exemplified by his view of the American West as endlessly renewable, was consonant with future generations' political innocence, their youthful hopes and illusions, making our third president, in Ellis's shrewd psychological portrait, a progenitor of the American Dream."—Publishers Weekly 440. Codice libro della libreria 70268

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Descrizione libro Penguin Random House. Condizione libro: New. Brand New. Codice libro della libreria 0679764410

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Descrizione libro Random House USA Inc, United States, 1998. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Reprint. 203 x 130 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Following Thomas Jefferson from the drafting of the Declaration of Independence to his retirement in Monticello, Joseph J. Ellis unravels the contradictions of the Jeffersonian character. He gives us the slaveholding libertarian who was capable of decrying mescegenation while maintaing an intimate relationship with his slave, Sally Hemmings; the enemy of government power who exercisdd it audaciously as president; the visionarty who remained curiously blind to the inconsistencies in his nature. American Sphinx is a marvel of scholarship, a delight to read, and an essential gloss on the Jeffersonian legacy. Codice libro della libreria ABZ9780679764410

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Descrizione libro Random House USA Inc, United States, 1998. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Reprint. 203 x 130 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Following Thomas Jefferson from the drafting of the Declaration of Independence to his retirement in Monticello, Joseph J. Ellis unravels the contradictions of the Jeffersonian character. He gives us the slaveholding libertarian who was capable of decrying mescegenation while maintaing an intimate relationship with his slave, Sally Hemmings; the enemy of government power who exercisdd it audaciously as president; the visionarty who remained curiously blind to the inconsistencies in his nature. American Sphinx is a marvel of scholarship, a delight to read, and an essential gloss on the Jeffersonian legacy. Codice libro della libreria ABZ9780679764410

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Descrizione libro Random House USA Inc, 1998. PAP. Condizione libro: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Codice libro della libreria IB-9780679764410

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Descrizione libro Vintage Books, 1998. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria 0679764410

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