One of U.S. historys most eminent figures, Thomas Jefferson is as elusive as he is revered. The Private Jefferson, opens a window onto the third presidents inner life by exploring the single largest cache of Thomas Jeffersons private papers, held--to the surprise of many.
Essays by Peter S. Onuf ("The State of the World: Thomas Jeffersons Political Vision"), Andrea Wulf ("Revolutionary Gardens: Jefferson, Politics, and Plants"), and Henry Adams ("The Architectural Jefferson: The Draftsman and His Ideals") underscore aspects of Jeffersons character--his unusual creativity and less frequently studied perspectives on the world--rather than retelling the well-known achievements of his political career. The qualities that come to the forefront are, instead, the principles, passions, and faith that suffused his actions as a statesman, including his love of the natural world as well as his lifelong effort to find a balance between his role on an international stage and his need for a domestic retreat, a reverie for study and experimentation.
- 224 pages
- 1 x 10.5 x 9.5 inches