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eBook Thomas Jefferson ePub

by R. B. Bernstein

  • ISBN: 0195181301
  • Category: Leaders and Notable People
  • Subcategory: Biography
  • Author: R. B. Bernstein
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (September 15, 2005)
  • Pages: 253
  • ePub book: 1201 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1771 kb
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  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 769

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Bernstein's Thomas Jefferson may be the best short biography of the founder ever written. One could spend whole books trying to explain the body of Jefferson's thought; indeed many scholars have.

Bernstein's Thomas Jefferson may be the best short biography of the founder ever written. Wisely, Bernstein has chosen to show us ideas in action. Without saying it in so many words, Bernstein conveys that Jefferson was an enormously controversial figure and that his ideas, which we, like Abraham Lincoln, accept as "the definitions and axioms of free society" (p. 198), encountered continuous opposition.

In Thomas Jefferson, Bernstein offers the definitive short biography of this revered American-the first concise life in six decades. Here are all of Jefferson's triumphs, contradictions, and failings, from his luxurious (and debt-burdened) life as a Virginia gentleman to his passionate belief in democracy, from his tortured defense of slavery to his relationship with Sally Hemings. Oxford University Press, 4 сент.

In 1993, Bernstein changed his byline from Richard B. Bernstein to R. B. Bernstein to avoid confusion with the several . Bernstein to avoid confusion with the several other Richard Bernsteins active in journalism and law. In November 2002, in addition to his scholarly activities, Bernstein became director of online operations at Heights Books, In. a used-bookstore in Brooklyn. He ended his connection with Heights Books when the business closed at the end of February 2011.

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, philosopher, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809

Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was an American statesman, diplomat, lawyer, architect, philosopher, and Founding Father who served as the third president of the United States from 1801 to 1809. He previously served as the second vice president of the United States from 1797 to 1801.

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Thomas Jefferson book. In Thomas Jefferson, Bernstein offers the definitive short biography of this revered American-the first concise life in six decades

Thomas Jefferson book. In Thomas Jefferson, Bernstein offers the definitive short biography of this revered American-the first concise life in six decades.

Thomas Jefferson designed his own tombstone, describing himself simply as "Author of the Declaration of Independence and of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia. It is in this simple epitaph that . Bernstein finds the key to this enigmatic Founder-not as a great political figure, but as leader of "a revolution of ideas that would make the world over again.

Thomas Jefferson is the latest title in the Oxford Portraits series, which offers informative and insightful biographies of people whose lives shaped their times and continue to influence ours. Each volume in the series is heavily based on primary documents, including writings by and about each subject.

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New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. As good as this book frequently is, one nonetheless has to wonder why yet another Jefferson biography is necessary. Jefferson Reduced, Redux. Take care of me when dead," Thomas Jefferson famously asked of his old friend and protege James Madison. The promotional release from Oxford University Press describes Bernstein's study as "the first concise biography" of the Virginian "in six decades," but that is hardly true.

Thomas Jefferson designed his own tombstone, describing himself simply as "Author of the Declaration of Independence and of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia." It is in this simple epitaph that R.B. Bernstein finds the key to this enigmatic Founder--not as a great political figure, but as leader of "a revolution of ideas that would make the world over again." In Thomas Jefferson, Bernstein offers the definitive short biography of this revered American--the first concise life in six decades. Bernstein deftly synthesizes the massive scholarship on his subject into a swift, insightful, evenhanded account. Here are all of Jefferson's triumphs, contradictions, and failings, from his luxurious (and debt-burdened) life as a Virginia gentleman to his passionate belief in democracy, from his tortured defense of slavery to his relationship with Sally Hemings. Jefferson was indeed multifaceted--an architect, inventor, writer, diplomat, propagandist, planter, party leader--and Bernstein explores all these roles even as he illuminates Jefferson's central place in the American enlightenment, that "revolution of ideas" that did so much to create the nation we know today. Together with the less well-remembered points in Jefferson's thinking--the nature of the Union, his vision of who was entitled to citizenship, his dread of debt (both personal and national)--they form the heart of this lively biography.In this marvel of compression and comprehension, we see Jefferson more clearly than in the massive studies of earlier generations. More important, we see, in Jefferson's visionary ideas, the birth of the nation's grand sense of purpose.

Comments

Skyway Skyway
This is probably one of the best biographies I've read on a Founding Father. This came with a recommendation from Tom Wood's forum [...] as being a good book on Jefferson.

Bernstein presents probably the fairest assessment of a person from the time period as I've seen. He doesn't ascribe deity or hero worship or perfection to the man. He also doesn't disparage Jefferson for being a product of his time and class and society. Bernstein presents Jefferson as a flawed individual who is not always consistent and doesn't always come out on top - also known as "a man".

Bernstein takes a look at large periods of Jefferson's life and isn't writing to complete a minutia detailed account of every aspect of his life. However, the areas he does point to build up the man into who he would become, who he was, and how he ended life. Bernstein does reveal quite a bit that you don't learn about in history books or in school because Jefferson tends to be known for only one to two very large things - but he was so much more than those labels only. Bernstein also makes sure the reader understands some of the settings and places and even people surrounding Jefferson. Again, this is covered with a good amount of balance. Jefferson isn't the "man who could do no wrong". I did learn quite a bit about Jefferson, which should be one of the main goals when reading a biography. Bernstein does not shy away, either, of covering points of Jefferson's life like his contradictory position on slavery or his possibly fathering children from one of his slaves. Again, Bernstein, doesn't excuse it but he also doesn't call for readers of the current time to look back and denigrate those who don't hold the same values. Sadly, that's where mainstream conversations and populist books tend to go nowadays.

Bernstein does a wonderful job at presenting Jefferson and his history. I highly recommend this book for those wanting to read about Jefferson or the era of the founding of America. I would have liked Bernstein to have gone a bit more into the political discussions Jefferson had with some areas of my own interest. Sometimes he tends to write as Jefferson on one side of the issue, someone else on the other, and here's the outcome. There are times that I wish the author would provide the reasons why Jefferson held to certain positions or had certain interests. However, I believe that may be the hindrance of history rather than the author. Final Grade - A
Nirn Nirn
If you've put off reading a book about our "founding fathers" I would recommend R. B. Bernstein's, "Thomas Jefferson" as a great place to start. Bernstein's book provides a very good, though not detailed, examination of Jefferson's life, reflecting both the good and the bad. It is impossible for a citizen of the U.S. in 2013 to imagine the difficulty and uncertainty the "founding fathers" had in traversing the unknowns of establishing a new nation and a new government system while breaking their connections to England, their homeland. What could inspire and compel men to do such a thing? Bernstein permits us to take a brief look into the minds of several of these early leaders, Thomas Jefferson in particular, to gain a sense of their motivations. In "Thomas Jefferson" we follow Jefferson from his early privileged life in Virginia; his education and his venture into politics, starting at the Virginia Assembly and rising to be Vice President and then President of the United States. Along the way he made mistakes and experienced some of the frailties common to most men but his contributions to our republican form of government set him apart as one of our finest Presidents. Should a reader of this book desire to read further into this period of American political life, Bernstein provides a very good list of references in his Notes and Bibliographical references.
Kagalkree Kagalkree
This book is concise and easy to read, which is important to maintain the reader's interest. You'll learn many things about Jefferson that you didn't know, especially his nuanced feelings about slavery. What's most interesting is the often overlooked time Jefferson spent in Europe. Understanding this period of Jefferson's life is crucial to understanding his sympathy for the French Revolution, which was one of a couple of major points of contention between Jefferson and Hamilton. (By the way, the Jeffersonians and Hamiltonians were the first major political divide in America.)

Bernstein achieves what is very difficult: withhold judgment on Jefferson and let the facts speak for themselves. After reading several books about the Founders, I've found that Jefferson is an idealist to a fault and much too faithful in the goodness of men. Also, his determination not to choose sides between the French and British was one of a series of mistakes made by Presidents Adams through Madison that left America open to attack from the British in 1812.

My only complaint of this book is that the chapter on Jefferson's second term in office is rather brief. Besides that, it is pleasantly informative and balanced.
The Apotheoses of Lacspor The Apotheoses of Lacspor
I had read a Jefferson bio and felt like a lot was missing. I read this and had a much better idea of who he was. The book is brief, but hits all the important moments. It felt fair to all the characters and didn't push excuses for anyones actions. Very glad I decided to read this! It was a frank take on a very long and fascinating life.
Tat Tat
Not being a Thomas Jefferson (TJ) fan, I appreciated this book as a quick overview of his life, times, and most important decisions. It fairly identified TJ's shortcomings without diminishing his impact on American history or continued relevance today.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants an introduction to TJ, though I only gave it four stars for the same reason I chose it: it's conciseness. The book's very brevity made it in some cases too concise. I feel like to even begin to have a working knowledge of TJ, I would need to read another book. What I have learned from this book is just enough to keep me from making major errors regarding his achievements and aims as a philosopher, scientist, partisan, and President.