AMERICAN SPHINX: THE CHARACTER OF THOMAS JEFFERSON by Jospeh J. Ellis
Inscribed by the Author on the front page, and signed by the author on the title page.
Hardcover in Dust Jacket (not price clipped).
Fine/Very Good condition. Near new with slight shelf wear at top and bottom spine of dust jacket.
National Book Award, Nonfiction, 1997
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 his twilight years, Jefferson was already taking on the luster of a national icon, which was polished off by his auspicious death on July 4, 1826.
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. A man who sang incessantly under his breath; who spent ten hours a day during his presidency at his writing desk; and who sometimes found his political sensibilities colliding with his domestic agenda; who exhibited great depth and great shallowness, combined massive learning with extraordinary naïveté, and should neither be beatified nor forgotten.