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The Resource American sphinx : the character of Thomas Jefferson, Joseph J. Ellis

American sphinx : the character of Thomas Jefferson, Joseph J. Ellis

Label
American sphinx : the character of Thomas Jefferson
Title
American sphinx
Title remainder
the character of Thomas Jefferson
Statement of responsibility
Joseph J. Ellis
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • In American Sphinx, Ellis sifts the facts shrewdly from the legends and the rumors, treading a path between vilification and hero worship in order to formulate a plausible portrait of the man who still today "hover(s) over the political scene like one of those dirigibles cruising above a crowded football stadium, flashing words of inspiration to both teams." For, at the grass roots, Jefferson is no longer liberal or conservative, agrarian or industrialist, pro- or
  • anti-slavery, privileged or populist. He is all things to all people. His own obliviousness to incompatible convictions within himself (which left him deaf to most forms of irony) has leaked out into the world at large - a world determined to idolize him despite his foibles. We watch him exhibiting both great depth and great shallowness, combining massive learning with extraordinary naivete, piercing insights with self-deception on the grandest scale. We understand why
  • we should neither beatify him nor consign him to the rubbish heap of history, though we are by no means required to stop loving him. He is Thomas Jefferson, after all - our very own sphinx
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
American sphinx : the character of Thomas Jefferson, Joseph J. Ellis
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [309]-351) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm34934008
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 365 pages
Isbn
9780679444909
Lccn
96026171
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34934008
  • (Sirsi) a1236276
Label
American sphinx : the character of Thomas Jefferson, Joseph J. Ellis
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [309]-351) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm34934008
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiv, 365 pages
Isbn
9780679444909
Lccn
96026171
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)34934008
  • (Sirsi) a1236276

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