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Thomas Jefferson: Author of America (Eminent Lives)

5 Ratings: 3.4
A book by Christopher Hitchens

In this unique biography of Thomas Jefferson, leading journalist and social critic Christopher Hitchens offers a startlingly new and provocative interpretation of our Founding Father. Situating Jefferson within the context of America's evolution and … see full wiki

Author: Christopher Hitchens
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs, History
Publisher: Eminent Lives
5 reviews about Thomas Jefferson: Author of America (Eminent...
review by . June 25, 2011
In his excellent book concerning Mother Teresa titled The Missionary Position, Hitchens expertly compiled a wealth of shocking facts pertaining to that demagogue's less than admirable history that made for an exciting and informative read. Writing of one of America's finest founding icons, Hitchens has considerably less of note to convey, and there are no astounding revelations to be found in this rather slim volume.      As usual, Hitchens' prose is quite fine, if …
review by . September 28, 2007
...and this one is not among the top ten. That should be a helpful enough review for most readers. May I recommend my own listmania--Jefferson's Shadows--as a better starting point for learning about the Sage?
review by . July 31, 2006
The idea behind the series "Eminent Lives" is a good one: have various well-known authors write brief biographies of famous people. One of the problems with this idea is that, sometimes brevity is not a good idea when it comes to a life that was full of action and activity. That is especially true of the life of Thomas Jefferson, a man who was a true "renaissance man" in all the best aspects of the word. No brief biography can do his life justice, but the author really does his best to give us the …
review by . August 02, 2005
This is one of several volumes in the HarperCollins Eminent Lives series. Each offers a concise rather than comprehensive, much less definitive biography. However, just as Al Hirschfeld's illustrations of various celebrities capture their defining physical characteristics, the authors of books in this series focus on the defining influences and developments during the lives and careers of their respective subjects. In this instance, Thomas Jefferson.     Hitchens suggests that …
review by . July 04, 2005
I've read two volumes in the Eminent Lives series now, and have been very impressed with both. Paul Johnson's George Washington: The Founding Father (Eminent Lives) and Christopher Hitchens' essay on Thomas Jefferson are very different books. But each was in its own way remarkable. I think it's safe to say that this is a book that few readers will soon forget.    As Hitchens notes early on, Jefferson was more than just a "man of contradictions." He more or less embodied contradiction. …
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