September 7, 2010
Another book completed!! Understanding Thomas Jefferson was one of the most eye opening books I have ever read. Many Americans (ok, maybe just the nerdy history lovers, like myself) know something about the apparent contradictions in his life: undying love for his wife and yet a lover in one of his slave girls, fear of racial mixing and yet multiple biracial children, hatred for the institution of slavery and yet lifelong owner of slaves, etc, etc. This book takes all of those strange contradictions and pulls them together into a cohesive picture of the founding father. Reading this book offered such a unique insight into Jefferson's life and the amount of research that clearly went into this biography is truly astounding. If you have any interest at all in Revolutionary America, this is a book not to miss!