In Pursuit of Reason: The Life of Thomas Jefferson

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Random House Publishing Group, May 12, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 414 pages
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"A major contribution." Washington Post
The authoritative single-volume biography of Thomas Jefferson, perhaps the most significant figure in American history. He was a complex and compelling man: a fervent advocate of democracy who enjoyed the life of a southern aristocrat and owned slaves, a revolutionary who became president, a believer in states' rights who did much to further the power of the federal government. Drawing on the recent explosion of Jeffersonian scholarship and fresh readings of original sources, IN PURSUIT OF REASON is a monument to Jefferson that will endure for generations.

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Finally we have a sensible one-volume biography of America's most multifaceted Founding Father. Cunningham, an expert on Jefferson's politics and presidency, has admirably condensed the variegated ... Read full review


The Formative Years
Public Life and Private World
The Road to Revolution

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Noble Cunningham is the author and historical editor of more than a dozen books about Jefferson, most recently"The Inaugural Addresses of President Thomas Jefferson, 1801 and 1805". A professor of history at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Cunningham was an adviser for the Library of Congress's major Bicentennial exhibition, "Thomas Jefferson.

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