The Life and Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson

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Random House, 1993 - Presidents - 691 pages
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The architect of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the U.S., Thomas Jefferson provided a rich treasure house of historical information in his journals, addresses, and letters. This distinguished selection of his writings is now available in trade paper.

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"Ignorance is preferable to error; and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing, than he who believes what is wrong." - Notes on Virginia 1782 "Few châteaux; no farm-houses, all the ... Read full review


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Master of American History" - Washington Times "Inside The Beltway" columnist John McCaslin. From Alexandria realtor, M. Ruhe: " among America's Top 10 Washington scholars. Manship not only looks like George Washington, he is imbued with the character & presence of George Washington. His knowledge, humor, and wisdom thrill diverse audiences, from pre-school to students, to retirees. From Virginia Delegate Lee Ware: "What David McCullough... is doing between printed covers, Mr. Manship is doing in person.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), the third president of the United States, left a vast literary legacy in the form of
journal entries, notes, addresses, and seventy thousand letters. Jefferson remains one of the country's most extraordinary figures;
as well as president he was a brilliant statesman, architect, scientist, naturalist, educator, and public servant. At a dinner for Nobel Prize recipients, John F. Kennedy said that his guests were "the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.
This volume of his works, edited by Adrienne Koch and William Peden, represents many of Jefferson's most important contributions to American political thought. It includes the Autobiography, which contains the original and revised version of the Declaration of Independence; the Anas, or Notes (1791-1809); Biographical Sketches; selections from Notes on Virginia, the Travel Journals, and Essay on Anglo-Saxon; a portion of his public papers, including his first and second inaugural addresses, and over two hundred letters. The editors have provided a general introduction and introductory notes that precede the major works.

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