It is amazing how advanced America was 200 years ago compared to now.
His overall knowledge and wisdom.
Each and every one.
No. The story was enlightening but unfortunately, the narrator mispronounced Fauquier throughout the entire story making it hard for me to listen. I wish he would've researched how to say it. I'm sure most people do not notice the mispronunciation but as someone who spent 10 years in Fauquier County Virginia, it was quite annoying. Fauquier is pronounced FAW-keer and not Faw-KE-ay.
Again it is Fauquier (FAW-keer). Thanks!
An exceptionally well produced view into not only what Jefferson did, but more importantly why. The complexities of his human flaws and shortcomings is sufficiently presented along with his still remarkable achievements.
Having recently read Hamilton's biography, I wanted to read Jefferson's to get the other side of the story. This portrait provides an excellent glimpse and greater understanding of the character of this brilliant yet complex man.
If you would like to hear about Thomas Jefferson's opinions and observations about the happenings of his life without an ounce of context, this book is for you. The book basically amounts to a recitation of letters to, from, or about Mr. Jefferson and little else. The history happening in the background is either painted with extremely broad strokes or ignored all together. You learn nothing about the man, apart from his writing style and his thoughts on very vague ideas apparently unrelated to any of the immense happenings of the revolution or the formation and practice of a Democratic Republic. Just a ridiculous waste of time masquerading as history.
A must-read if you're into early American history, although Meacham is overly infatuated with his subject. Some chapters would lead you to think Jefferson was the second coming, with his many, and well-known faults and missteps seriously under reported or glossed over. Although exceptionally accurate from a historical perspective, Meacham's glowing treatment of Jefferson makes him hard to get to know as man.
Although a very long investment of time is necessary, the book is richly rewarding. It gives the listener a broad perspective not only of Jefferson's life and the early underpinnings of the American experience, but also places into context the tensions we all feel in contemporary politics and society. As a recent visitor to Monticello before listening to this book, it also made the place come alive in my memory. Mr. Meacham' writing and Mr. Hermann' narration are sublime.