American Sphinx (MP3 CD)

The Character of Thomas Jefferson

By Joseph J. Ellis, Susan O'Malley (Read by)

Blackstone Audiobooks, 9781441717566

Publication Date: May 17, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/7/1998)
Hardcover (2/4/1997)
Compact Disc (2/16/2010)
Audio Cassette (1/1/1999)
Compact Disc (5/1/2012)

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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, even in his retirement. In his twilight years, Jefferson was already taking on the luster of a national icon, which was polished off by his auspicious death on July 4, 1826. In American Sphinx, Ellis sifts the facts from the legend to find the heart of the man who, at the grass roots, is no longer liberal or conservative, agrarian or industrialist, pro- or anti-slavery, privileged or populist. A man who sang incessantly under his breath; who spent ten hours a day during his presidency at his writing desk; and who sometimes found his political sensibilities colliding with his domestic agenda; who exhibited great depth and great shallowness, combined massive learning with extraordinary naivete, and should neither be beatified nor forgotten.