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©1951 Dumas Malone; (P)1998 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"Jefferson and His Time is a masterly achievement of scholarship, the finest biography of Jefferson we have or are likely to have, and a monumental triumph of the senior American historian." (New York Times Book Review)
Mr. Malone goes out of his way to paint Mr. Jefferson in a virtuous light, in spite of the duplicity and intrigue other, more contemporary authors have attributed to him. Mr. Hamilton's contribution to the nation's founding during "Jefferson's Time" is grossly understated as Mr. Malone used Hamilton's known rivalry with Jefferson to promote his champion at the expense of another, equally important founder. This makes for poor reading (listening) as once the bias is manifest, all other unique or "stand-alone" assertions by Mr. Malone lose a degree of credibility.
The work is probably the definitive biography of Thomas Jefferson. It's hard to imagine one more complete or better executed and is a real joy to read. Some reviews on this state that Malone is "pro-Jefferson" and biased towards him. Certainly, Malone is admires Jefferson (I can't imagine spending so many years on one man and not feeling some attachment to him), but he always seems objective regarding the facts in any given controversy and doesn't spare TJ any criticism when warranted. On the other hand, TJ made many enemies over his lifetime and these made numerous claims without necessarily being based in facts. Malone examines each with care and reason. The recording is dated in the late-1990s and was originally on cassette tapes. This is known because there is an occasional slip as she announces the beginning of a new tape from time to time. There are some technical problems and I recall these being mainly in the 1st and 5th volumes. On the whole, they aren't a big deal. Her tone is a bit wry for my taste but she gets the job done (the big, big job).
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