American Sphinx The Character of Thomas Jefferson (DOWNLOAD)


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    read & download ¿ eBook or Kindle ePUB à Joseph J. Ellis American Sphinx The Character of Thomas Jefferson (DOWNLOAD) Joseph J. Ellis à 3 free read It started when I was reading Ambrose’s Undaunted Courage this niggling feeling of discomfort I get when reading a book when the author seems to be taking opportunities to lionize hisher subjects – or at the very least portraying them in a simplistic single facet I’ve had this issue with Ambrose before an

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    read & download ¿ eBook or Kindle ePUB à Joseph J. Ellis American Sphinx The Character of Thomas Jefferson (DOWNLOAD) Joseph J. Ellis à 3 free read “God was not in the details for Jefferson; he was in the sky and stars” ― Joseph J Ellis American SphinxEllis' biography of Thomas Jefferson's character is a difficult task than one might imagine at first Jefferson while brilliant with words is also a founding father of smoke He was comfortable with ambiguity but saw things

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    American Sphinx The Character of Thomas Jefferson (DOWNLOAD) I suppose I knew what I was getting into with this book The subtitle hints at the fact that this is a pretty thoroughgoing psychological history rather than a historical narrative Ellis posits Jefferson as an inscrutable fi

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    American Sphinx The Character of Thomas Jefferson (DOWNLOAD) read & download ¿ eBook or Kindle ePUB à Joseph J. Ellis A provocative survey of an enlightenment thinker and statesman who could never outdistance his contradictions My friend Mark Prather selected this for samizdat and a number of us read such and with a formality of discussion The passage of a couple decades would likely have adjusted those younger impressions

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    American Sphinx The Character of Thomas Jefferson (DOWNLOAD) This book is a series of portraits than a biography It doesn't tell Jefferson's story in one long arc but rather captures him at significant periods of his life This method works well for Ellis see Founding Brothers probably because the broader view allows him to write lyrically than a stick to the facts biography would allow What emerges from Jefferson's portraits is a man with extraordinary powers of self delusion Th

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    American Sphinx The Character of Thomas Jefferson (DOWNLOAD) download American Sphinx The Character of Thomas Jefferson As I read American Sphinx an odd thing happened The I learnt about Jefferson the less I liked him The Jefferson of Ellis' biography is an arrogant obsessive ideologue whose successes are the lucky results of others' hard work and whose failures are inevitable given his substantial flaws As someone who was looking to like Jefferson this was all pretty disappointing Ellis' biography follows Jefferson from his first entrance into p

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    Joseph J. Ellis à 3 free read read & download ¿ eBook or Kindle ePUB à Joseph J. Ellis download American Sphinx The Character of Thomas Jefferson American Sphinx Joseph J Ellis 1996 Historical revisionist Joseph J Ellis ostensibly enjoys championing himself as a renegade historian unafraid to attempt to topple one the most well respected and admired of America's founding fathers Recklessly wielding his anachronistic values upon Thomas Jefferson American Sphinx escalates into a full

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    American Sphinx The Character of Thomas Jefferson (DOWNLOAD) After my frustration with Meacham's Thomas Jefferson The Art of Power I was hopeful Ellis would give me a better grasp on Jefferson's character He did not disappoint Jefferson it is still hard to grasp he is elusive but Ellis captures Jefferson's contradictions hypocrisy a little paranoia his ideologies and his

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    American Sphinx The Character of Thomas Jefferson (DOWNLOAD) I enjoyed this very much It's not a straight biography of Jefferson but as the subtitle says it's an attempt to analyze his character The boo

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    American Sphinx The Character of Thomas Jefferson (DOWNLOAD) Thomas Jefferson has always been my favorite of the Founding Fathers I won't deny that part of it is because I do like a good scandal But the ot

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download American Sphinx The Character of Thomas Jefferson review µ American Sphinx The Character of Thomas Jefferson Ent in Monticello Joseph Ellis unravels the contradictions of the Jeffersonian character. This book is a series of portraits than a biography It doesn t tell Jefferson s story in one long arc but rather captures him at significant periods of his life This method works well for Ellis see Founding Brothers probably because the broader view allows him to write lyrically than a stick to the facts biography would allow What emerges from Jefferson s portraits is a man with extraordinary powers of self delusion These powers enabled him to bemoan slavery while owning slaves deny ambition while pursuing high office and defame contemporaries while protesting his innocence and friendship Jefferson s hypocrisies are known to most people but this book really drives them homeEllis doesn t focus solely on Jefferson s flaws though Which is not to say that Jefferson was wholly Ultimately though whatever his glaring personal flaws his words and ideas retain a powerful ability to inspire people Without the Declaration there is probably no Bill of Rights no French Declaration of the Rights of Man and no United Nations Declaration of Human Rights

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American Sphinx The Character of Thomas Jefferson

download American Sphinx The Character of Thomas Jefferson review µ American Sphinx The Character of Thomas Jefferson Following his subject from the drafting of the Declaration of Independence to his retirem. I suppose I knew what I was getting into with this book The subtitle hints at the fact that this is a pretty thoroughgoing psychological history rather than a historical narrative Ellis posits Jefferson as an inscrutable figure shielded from effective analysis by a contradictory philosophy as well as a reserved personality Both of which may be true but both of which made this book scanty on real insight Ellis doesn t spend much time asking why Jefferson was the way he was a pretty worthwhile uestion I think instead showing in rather too much detail how he was an aristocratic populist a slaveholding champion of individual liberty The contradictions are there to be sure Ellis just leaves it at that a little too patly As a character study it s fair to say that a good bit of this book is speculative Ellis recounts the competing ideologies and their theoretical underpinnings of several major characters there is a good comparisoncontrast of Adams and Jefferson here but he often ignores or forgets the complexity of human nature reducing a man to a particular ideology s figureheadHis style is commensurately abstract Dealing primarily with uestions of philosophy and character he assumes a rather lofty nebulous tone that conveys his intent well enough but can start to drone after a while That s a shame since the beginning of his discussion hinges on correcting the popular image of Jefferson I can t imagine that the layperson who ostensibly has this limited view of Jefferson would be interested enough to stick with this dense little bookThis is a history of ideas of beliefs and of ideals But too often it neglects the historical and in so doing obfuscates the ideas beliefs and ideals it tries to explain Frustrating

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download American Sphinx The Character of Thomas Jefferson review µ American Sphinx The Character of Thomas Jefferson A marvel of scholarship a delight to read and an essential gloss on the Jeffersonian lega. American Sphinx Joseph J Ellis 1996 Historical revisionist Joseph J Ellis ostensibly enjoys championing himself as a renegade historian unafraid to attempt to topple one the most well respected and admired of America s founding fathers Recklessly wielding his anachronistic values upon Thomas Jefferson American Sphinx escalates into a full contact assault on one the most important and revered figures in western culture Thomas Jefferson is no longer the successful plantation owner but a hypocritical slave owner Jefferson is no longer humble and soft spoken but simply nervous and unsure of himself Jefferson s tenacious pursuit of his many interests are depicted as merely self indulgent and materialistic Ellis mostly appears foolish in his attempt to elicit controversy It is disturbing that this desperate and amateurishly written book has become as widely read has it has In leu of a three hundred page book American Sphinx would have been appropriately formated as a three minute segment on National Public Radio

  • Paperback
  • 440
  • American Sphinx The Character of Thomas Jefferson
  • Joseph J. Ellis
  • English
  • 10 June 2020
  • 9780679764410