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With a novelist's skill and a scholar's meticulous detail, Fawn M. Brodie portrays Thomas Jefferson as he wrestled with the great issues of his time: revolution, religion, power, race, and love-ambivalences that exerted a subtle but powerful influence on his political ideas and his presidency. Far advanced for its time, Brodie's biography was the first to set forth a convincing case that Thomas Jefferson was the father of children by his slave Sally Hemings. In a new introduction, Annette Gordon-Reed, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hemingses of Monticello, explores the impact of Brodie's groundbreaking book and explains why it is still such a powerful account of one of our greatest and most elusive presidents.
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Fawn M. Brodie was professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of several noted biographies, including Thomas Jefferson and The Devil Drives: A Life of Sir Richard Burton Annette Gordon-Reed is the author of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning The Hemingses of Monticello and is Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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"A powerful and touching portrait. . . . Brodie has humanized Jefferson without in the least diminishing him." -- Wallace Stegner, author of Beyond the Hundredth Meridian "Brilliant, provocative. . . . A biography no one interested in the man or his times should miss." -- Larry McMurtry - Washington Post Book World

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