Fantastic biography. When I finished the book I became emotional as it was like I was loosing a close friend.
Ranked in the top quarter of my audio books this year.
I don't recall a variety of voices in this performance, Thomas was the focus.
I came for the knowledge of Jefferson and felt I received a great deal of that here.
Perhaps undeserving of the reverence heretofore granted this founding father.
This book, combined with a recent article in "Smithsonian," has dethroned this former hero of mine. Jefferson is revealed as a duplicitious schemer, rabid partisan and bigot. His performance as president seems lackluster, with his crowning achievement, the Lousiana Purchase, having fallen in his lap.
I learned a lot about this time period and Thomas Jefferson's contribution to the creation of the United States, but I think this book could have been condensed several hours at a minimum. Not sure if an abridged version exists, but would recommend it.
It is amazing how advanced America was 200 years ago compared to now.
His overall knowledge and wisdom.
Each and every one.
I admire Jetterson as much as the next guy and I've never really cared much about the Hemmings business, but Meacham is determined that Jefferson can do no wrong. By the middle of the book, Jefferson sank in my esteem. He lacked moral courage in his persistent refusal to recognize his hypocrisy in making a slave his concubine and he lacked physical courage when he fled from Monticello when the British were coming.
Meacham just keeps whitewashing his failures.
Overall this book was pretty good. Author comes across a little dogmatic on points that are not so certain. I would recommend this book along with David Barton's "The Jefferson Lies" to put things in a little better perspective.
This beautifully written portrait of Jefferson gives a badly needed, and yet balanced view of the man whose image and legacy pervades so much of modern American culture. He is neither made to be an unblemished hero, or left to suffer the label of the two faced hypocrite. I highly recommend this volume as a reintroduction to remarkable man that can still teach amazing things to the world today.
For liberty was a given to me but crafted by many like Mr. Jefferson but not as many were able to make it reachable and understandable