The writing is often tedious. I enjoy history books that present the history in a compelling way allowing the reader to come to his/her own conclusions. This book is constantly drawing conclusions for the reader (which may or may not be the conclusions the reader would draw). The dancing around the Sally Hennings relationship is apologetic and patronizing.
No I read this genre all the time.
It is hard to unwind the narration from the narrative, but I felt it had a sing song quality with emphasis often mistakenly placed, artificial.
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I was very disappointed. I knew the author from his TV appearances and really looked forward to a good read.
I enjoyed this book immensely. It opened my eyes to a great statesman and humanitarian. Unfortunately schools don't touch on how truly special these founders were to our land. I have fallen in love with Jefferson.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book on Jefferson. In the first place, he is a man that anyone curious about history should study and this book gives an unbiased portrayal of his life. Jefferson is neither lionized nor demonized by the author. His remarkable thirst for knowledge about many things from science to wine to women to religious liberty to politics make the lengthy book go by swiftly.
Second, the storyteller does a remarkable job throughout the book and is a major reason why I'd recommend this audio book to anyone.
Third, the story is consistently fresh and non-repetitive. It covers Jeffersons life both personally and politically in way that any human could relate to. Further, Jefferson's story resonates today, and understanding his struggles with partisanship and cultural warfare and leadership helps contextualize today's political environment. 👍🏼👍🏼
Thomas Jefferson's story is our story. Growth comes through opposition. The world is a better place when contending views are respected and considered. Washington and Hamilton were right. Jefferson and Madison were right. Adams was right. And, we have the United States to show for it.
I would have liked a greater effort to assess the meaning of Jefferson's many contradictions.
This book did little to shine a new light on Jefferson, but I found Herrmann's reading of Meacham's writing kept me engaged the entire book. The story of Thomas Jefferson is something every American should study. We are all products both good and bad of his America.
Enjoyed this book immensely. Wonderful portrait of this complex man. Clear and straight forward. Author did not appear to have an agenda. Helped me to better understand this important period of our history. Narration was superlative. No negatives.
This is one of the best book anyone - Male or female, student or worker, businessman or worker, can and should read or listen. The story was so captivating, it was hard to put it away.
Amazing man he was, with flaws and virtues of a common man. But with extraordinary qualities.
Would listen again.
This was more a political look at Jefferson than I wanted. the author himself stated that Jefferson's life was much more then just his politics. I wanted to get a more in-depth look at his science and philosophy and home life and this just really didn't do that.
the story of Jefferson is told interestingly and thoroughly from thorough research. The epilogue is excellent. We would like more summary and evaluation as the story unfolds. what happens when a certain action is taken. why was that action taken.