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Edward

Seaford, NY, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joseph J. Ellis
    • Narrated By Susan O’Malley
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (52)

    For a man who insisted that life on the public stage was not what he had in mind, Thomas Jefferson certainly spent a great deal of time in the spotlight, even in his retirement. In American Sphinx, Ellis sifts the facts from the legend to find the heart of the man who, at the grass roots, is no longer liberal or conservative, agrarian or industrialist, pro- or anti-slavery, privileged or populist.

    ks says: "Badly Scratched Record"
    "American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson"
    Overall

    BUY THE BOOK, AVOID THE AUDIO BOOK. The text is excellent, but the reader is horrible. She rushes the text, ignores punctuations and lacks inflection. Their is also a very annoying skip in the recording.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, The First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Richard Zacks
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (95)

    After Tripoli declared war on the United States in 1801, Barbary pirates captured 300 U.S. sailors and marines. President Jefferson sent navy squadrons to the Mediterranean, but he also authorized a secret mission to overthrow the government of Tripoli. He chose an unlikely diplomat, William Eaton, to lead the mission, but before Eaton departed, Jefferson grew wary of the affair and withdrew his support.

    Stewart Kennedy says: "EXCELLENT"
    "The Pirates Coast"
    Overall

    Excellent book! Tons of detail about a little known American event. I would have given it 4 stars but the reader seemed to rush through the text, sometimes avoiding punctuations.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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