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 used to think of the founding fathers as stuffy, rich, englishmen parading around speaking like Shakespeare. turns out they were modern men, bent on personal development, and an ideal society. i have a new hero, jefferson; and a new nemesis; hamilton.
Jefferson is easy to love, idolize, or hate, minimize. This work reveals the subtle hues that make characterizations so misleading. You will know strengths, weaknesses, great achievement and significant failure. Very well read and enjoyable.
This book rightfully focused on the Revolutionary, Cabinet, and Presidential portions of Jefferson's life, but seemed to touch lightly on his post-Presidential accomplishments. Jefferson believed that the creation of The University of Virginia was one of his three most important accomplishments, and I would have expected a more detailed account of his struggles with the Virginia Legislature and his curriculum development to have been discussed.
Great book. Well worth the time. Detailed and yet reads like a fiction novel. You will need to listen more then once. I waited several weeks and listened a second time. There is so much detail it was like a familiar old book but so much I had missed.
Fascinating look at the the shaping of America! I really enjoyed the period of his life before the Revolutionary War. You began to see the events that shaped who he went onto become.
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.