I am a live storyteller who devours huge amounts of audio books to study classics and new books so I can tell new stories.
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend interested in and passionate about learning more about a key Founding Father. I had held off reading the Jefferson biography because of his hypocrisy of championing freedom while owning slaves, but I am glad I finally relented and listened to this one because I learned more about the man of contradictions.
My favorite character was Jefferson because of his brilliancy of thought and his inquisitiveness. He expressed himself well and with depth and erudition.
Yes, I wanted to listen to this book all in one setting. I had recently completed biographies of Adams, Hamilton, Franklin, and Washington. Jefferson was the one Founding Father whose biography I had not read. I am glad I listened to this one because Jefferson gave his view, his perspective of the American Revolution. He also played pivotal roles in shaping the country that was to come. I highly recommend this biography.
Edward Herman's narration was excellent. Very important read for our times. Paints a real picture of the man and his times.
Jefferson was full of contradiction. A man of paradox. This is precisely what makes him fascinating. The unfortunate thing is that 21st century society sees contradiction and paradox as a vice. I could not disagree more. The portrait the author paints of Jefferson shows that his conflicting views are exactly what made him a great man.
Jefferson's ideology sometimes crossed his pragmatism. His pragmatism sometimes crossed his ideology. That's leadership. There is example after example of this in the book. A powerful leader knows not only how but when to use his will to bend reality. Because of the slowness of societal evolution, he also understands that some of his ideas cannot yet be realized and pragmatism must abound. This is Jefferson. A leader.
His contradictions in my view paint him as a normal human. We all have contradiction but we are ashamed to display them because of the current political winds. That's unfortunate.
This book is a really good book. The narration is perfect. I highly recommend it.
Fascinating view of Thomas Jefferson. Always a fan, this is an in depth view of Jefferson's thinking and reasoning. No beating Edward Herrmann!! Loved it!!
This book is very interesting in that it sheds light on many things I did not know about Thomas Jefferson. I thought it was interesting however, how specific items such as the Right of citizens to be armed for rebellion if need be being left out of the list of his concerns over the Bill of Rights, and calling Jeffersons talk about standing up to tyranny as being hyperbolic, to be somewhat disturbing in a book supposedly about the life of a man who passionately, and vehemently hated oppressive governmental regimes. Indeed, more focus is put on the sundry exercises of Mr. Jefferson's venery during that hour than on his opinion on this issue.
This was a fascinating read. What a complex and important person Jefferson was. This book does such a great job explaining the virtues and vices (more appropriately hypocricy) of the real Thomas Jefferson though leaves the reader with a profound respect and admiration for one of the most talented and influencial men to have ever lived. Should be required reading for every American. Incredible life. Outstanding biography.
Upset that I've wasted the time.
I'm halfway through & haven't learned a thing I cared to know. So much trivia that could have been about anyone. Some inconsequential thing happened on Wednesday, July 22 at 1:15 pm. I can't go any further.
I liked the tone the of the writing as well as the plot and openness to address the thinking and understanding of the epoch. To Those who find culture a cult this is a must.I truly fell in love to the father of America