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A seminal biography of Thomas Jefferson and a fascinating exploration of his
relationship with Sally Hemings. 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. 16 pages of illustrations