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Jefferson the Virginian by Dumas Malone

Jefferson the Virginian

by Dumas Malone

Other authors: Merrill D. Peterson (Introduction)

Series: Jefferson and His Time (1)

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This was the first in a six volume series on the life of Thomas Jefferson. This was a wonderful read that took us from Jefferson's birth to the day he left for Europe following the Revolutionary War. The detail was incredible, but it was written in a way that it never felt overwhelming and the story never felt stale. The reader develops a real appreciation for how Jefferson later became the famous and even legendary American figure.

My only criticism would be that I felt the book did not look at Jefferson's personal life in enough detail, but as a political history, this will be a series to treasure. ( )
  msaucier818 | Apr 9, 2018 |
A very thorough, though obviously old-fashioned, biography of the early years of Thomas Jefferson. As it is just the first volume of a 6 volume set, it is obviously encyclopedic in nature. Also, because it was written when it was, it glosses over certain issues that we might find more fascinating today, such as Jefferson's difficult relationship with slavery. ( )
  Scott_Hercher | Nov 25, 2017 |
Volume 1 of a six volume set
  SteveJohnson | Mar 29, 2014 |
A standard biography for a good reason - well researched with many many footnotes and great sources. It's easy to read and can be picked up by anyone who is used to reading non-fiction. My person problem is that it is not very critical. Malone loves Jefferson and while he provides good reasons why you should too, he either glosses over or out right ignores many of the criticisms more recent scholars have of Jefferson. Not a bad place to start, but not a complete picture. ( )
  annexlad | Apr 20, 2011 |
1480 Jefferson the Virginian: Jefferson and His Time Volume One, by Dumas Malone (read 15 Mar 1978) I long wanted to read Malone's multi-volume biography of Jefferson and finally read the first volume. It covers his life up to the time he left for France--his first venture out of the colonies. The work is thorough, but a little more laudatory than I would like. Jefferson certainly was an extraordinary man, but some of his philosophical ideas are not enthusiasms of mine. Jefferson's governorship of Virginia for two years added no particular laurels to his brow. ( )
  Schmerguls | Jan 16, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316544744, Hardcover)

The first of five volumes in a full-length biography of Jefferson.

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Covers the first 41 years of Jefferson's life, until his departure for France after the death of his wife and the close of the American Revolution.

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