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Jefferson the Virginian (Jefferson and His Time, Vol. 1)

Author:

Dumas Malone

Title:

Jefferson the Virginian (Jefferson and His Time, Vol. 1)

Category:

Biographies & Memoris

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1634 kb

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1679 kb

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Rating:

4.7

ISBN10:

0316544744

ISBN13:

978-0316544740

Publisher:

Little, Brown and Company; 17th ptg. edition (January 30, 1948)

Language:

English

Subcategory:

Leaders and Notable People

Pages:

484

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Jefferson the Virginian (Jefferson and His Time, Vol. 1) by Dumas Malone

The first of five volumes in a full-length biography of Jefferson.
I'm a Russian Occupant
I read this entire series about twenty five years ago. I had purchased a leather bound version of the six books, with, two volumes of Thomas Jefferson's personal correspondence and writings.

I've read every word of all eight volumes. I must recommend it to any serious apostle of Thomas Jefferson.

The book contains many details, gleaned not only from historical accounts of Thomas Jefferson's life, but, from a meticulous inspection of records at the National Archives in Washington, Jefferson's own journals and notebooks, and, eyewitness acounts from the 18th Century.

What makes this biography series a masterpiece is that Malone derives his information directly from source documents and records. His writings and analysis of Jefferson are not derivative drivel from other biographers, or, syncophants of Jefferson's popular image.

Malone sets out in his volumes to provide a balanced view of Thomas Jefferson as a man, as a loving spouse and father, as man with self-doubts (notwithstanding his incredible achievements) and the economic, politcal and military forces that shaped his character through the 82 years of his life. Malone explains how, and why, Jefferson undertook his many tasks on behalf of our struggling nation, in its infancy, and guided it to a land in which freedom and equality had a chance.

Most important of the volumes is the detailed accounts of Jefferson's travels and adventures in France (including his steaming love affair(s) with a married woman). These discussions include little known facts about Jefferson (such as the fact that he, single-handedly, saved the entire French wine industry from phyloxia by offering strong rooted vines from America that were disease resistant. Almost every grape vine, in France, today, is in fact, a vine grown on Thomas Jefferson's Amercian developed root systems for vines).

These kinds of little known and amazing achievements by Jefferson will confirm your best admirations of him.

Malone quotes President John F. Kennedy. At a dinner President Kennedy gave, at the Whitehouse, for all living Nobel Laureates. President Kennendy delivered the dinner address and opened with the following remark.

"Ladies and Gentlemen. This is the greatest collection of talent ever assembled at the Whitehouse since Thomas Jefferson dined here alone."

If you are looking for inspiration, or, even just detailed and accurate source material on President Jefferson, this is the biography for you.
Mavegelv
The book is beautifully written and researched. While the entire set of six volumes is a masterpiece, the first volume is something quite special in its own right. Aside from providing the appropriate narrative and analysis of Jefferson's early life, it is a wonderful description of the world of colonial Virginia. As one reads, there comes a sense of a time distant but vital and still influential. After reading the volume, which was very much worth taking time over, I do believe that I have grasped a piece of that world. It is a book I will read again both for knowledge and for pleasure.
Dainris
This product is actually healthier than described, with only slight aging of the pages, otherwise, relative to their age, these books are brand new and for a very fair price. The package got to my door 4 days early and in careful boxing and wrapping. I look forward to adding further to my library from Booksavers of Virginia.
Kelerius
Had I met Dumas Malone I’m certain I would have liked him, judging by the amiable tone of his Thomas Jefferson biography. No doubt, he did future scholars a great service by his exhaustive research and attention to detail in producing a grand narrative of Jefferson’s life. That said, his portrait is flawed because it attempts to portray the slave-holding Virginia aristocrat as a man of highest principle and beyond recall. This book was published in 1951, and since that time a number of scholars have thoroughly debunked Malone’s idealized portrait, and rightly so. The Founding Fathers were men of glaring weaknesses, who rose above their petty differences, acted boldly and unselfishly, and created something noble and enduring, the American Republic. It was founded upon a single idea—voiced by Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence—that all men are created equal. That alone warrants our respect for the man from Monticello, but it doesn’t mean we must deify him.

“Jefferson & the Rights of Man” covers the years 1784-93. I purchased this book (volume 2 of 6), primarily to learn more about Jefferson’s time in Europe (1784-88). His achievements as Minister to France were modest, but his influence on the creation of the U.S. Constitution, though indirect, was certainly noteworthy, and his influence on American architecture was far reaching. And, without doubt, he was the first American to truly appreciate French cuisine and French wine. While he may have praised “good old mutton” in his letters to friends back home, Jefferson saw to it that (1) his personal chef was taught French cooking and (2) on his return to America imported 288 bottles of French wine. Indeed, as much as Malone wished to portray his subject as a man of modesty, Jefferson was anything but—he was a man who loved fine cooking, fine wine, and fine living. Everything he purchased: harnesses, clothes, a harpsichard, furniture, an extension to his living quarters, was the best money could buy. In fact, that’s among the many ironies of this book—Jefferson spent more than he made, despite already being deeply in debt. At the same time (according to Malone), he wanted Americans to tighten their belt and live within their means. Despite his special genius, Jefferson had little feel for finance, as he freely admitted to John Adams. It should be remembered it was Adams, and not Jefferson, who secured the Dutch loans that kept America financially afloat prior to Alexander Hamilton becoming Treasury Secretary and restoring the nation’s credit.

Jefferson was first and foremost an artist, as more recent of his biographers have pointed out. He loved architecture with “the ring of eternity” as he called it. Arriving in France, he was immediately drawn to the buildings of Andrea Palladio, especially the Hotel de Salm, which was being constructed when he arrived. Writes Malone: “(Jefferson) was so violently smitten with the Hotel de Salm that he used to go to the Tuileries almost every day to see it, generally sitting on a parapet and twisting his head around until his neck was stiff.” The Hotel de Salm, which featured a central columned portico and dome, would become the model for Monticello. Another building that caught the Virginia’s attention was the Maison Carree at Nimes, which Jefferson saw while making a tour southern France. It was a Roman Temple. While it was not designed for the purposes of executive, legislative and judicial departments, that is what the Virginian had in mind when he had a scale model made and sent to Richmond, for local architects to copy in their design of Virginia’s capitol building. It would be the first of many state capitols to look as if they had been transplanted from the Greek Acropolis, updated for government use, and planted on America soil. That, and the dome, was Jefferson's contribution to America architecture—the grand style of privilege in a society founded on equality—evident today in our nation’s capitol building, and in buildings across the country, and, of course, in Monticello, the University of Virginia Library Building and the stunning Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC.

While Jefferson failed in his goal of replacing England with France as America’s most vital trading partner, he did send over two trunks of books to James Madison, including the collected works of David Hume, which Madison then proceeded to study in preparation for the Constitutional Convention. (The historian Douglass Adair has called Madison’s reading of Hume perhaps the most productive and consequential act of scholarship in American history.) Madison, Hamilton and Washington appear in later chapters, while Jefferson was Secretary of State. Also included is Malone’s account of the famous dinner deal that enabled passage of Hamilton’s financial package (thus making provision for the national debt while at the same time launching American capitalism), and moving the nation’s capital from New York City to a pasture on the Potomac. Also covered is the rift between Jefferson and Hamilton that resulted in the creation of the two-party system, whereby Malone puts Jefferson in a favorable light and makes Hamilton out as the villain. Indeed, he gives Jefferson every favor of the benefit of doubt while giving Hamilton none at all. No matter. I enjoyed the book. Four stars
Androrim
This is where the country got it start.
allegro
This was a great addition of information about Thomas Jefferson from what I learned while visiting Virginia earlier this year. I have a totally new found respect for Jefferson as well as all of our founding fathers. Great read!!
Vut
Thomas Jefferson was one of the most interesting of the Founding Fathers. Born into a family of wealth and means, he became an advocate for everyone. I highly recommend that anyone interested in Jefferson and his philosophy to get this 6-volume series. The only downside is that the books are old and tend to fall apart while actually reading them. Some tape solves the problem nicely though.
Reading about Tom is a pleasure. Malone won and deserved the Pulitzer award for this work


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