In Jefferson, John B. Boles plumbs every facet of Thomas Jeffersons life, all while situating him amid the sweeping upheaval of his times. We meet Jefferson the politician and political thinkeras well as Jefferson the architect, scientist, bibliophile, paleontologist, musician, and gourmet. We witness him drafting of the Declaration of Independence, negotiating the Louisiana Purchase, and inventing a politics that emphasized the states over the federal governmenta political philosophy that shapes our national life to this day.
Boles offers new insight into Jeffersons actions and thinking on race. His Jefferson is not a hypocrite, but a tragic figurea man who could not hold simultaneously to his views on abolition, democracy, and patriarchal responsibility. Yet despite his flaws, Jefferson's ideas would outlive him and make him into nothing less than the architect of American liberty.
Hardcover. 640 pages.