I've read over forty plus books on Jefferson over the years and his life still fascinates me as a revelation of genius and humanity in all its aspects. Meacham continues the story with additional information on the Hemmings issue as well as other revelations from his research. I appreciate Meacham's shared assessments of Jefferson from Jefferson's own time as well as his fair and humane contemporary view. After heroic presentations and adulations of Jefferson by devotees over so many years, perhaps from the recent scholarship of Meacham and others concerning the darker side of his humanity, we actually see Jefferson in more chiaroscuro renderings, who still towers above so many in history despite the human failings, contradictions not uncommon to many of men of his time or now.
His descriptions of the reconciliation of Adams and Jefferson as well as his moving depictions of Jefferson's final hours.
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