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Thomas Jefferson: Author of America

Thomas Jefferson: Author of America

Paperback Eminent Lives

By (author) Christopher Hitchens

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 188 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 201mm x 13mm | 91g
  • Publication date: 5 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0060837063
  • ISBN 13: 9780060837068
  • Sales rank: 15,182

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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--a man conflicted by power who wrote the Declaration of Independence and acted as ambassador to France yet yearned for a quieter career in the Virginia legislature. A masterly writer, Jefferson was an awkward public speaker. A professed proponent of emancipation, he elided the issue of slavery from the Declaration of Independence and continued to own human property. A reluctant candidate, he left an indelible presidential legacy. With intelligence, insight, eloquence, and wit, Hitchens gives us an artful portrait of a complex, formative figure and his turbulent era.

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