The pursuit of happiness had become deeply corrupted, and an oligarchy was getting very rich. Is this the quintessential American story? Master of the Mountain Chapter 1 The thunderstorm that shook the mountain during the telling of Peter Fossett's story passed. We tourists were deposited back into the present, with shafts of sunlight illuminating a peaceful scene--a broad pathway This book will change forever the way that we think about the author of the Declaration of Independence. Bordewich, The Wall Street Journal. Every American should read it.
As depicted by Wiencek, the older Jefferson resembles a modern-day 1-percenter. We try to persuade ourselves that the author of some of our most inspiring political works was not a self-serving hypocrite.
But given the bountiful evidence offered in Master of the… More…. But given the bountiful evidence offered in Master of the Mountain , it's now impossible to see him any other way. Breen, The American Scholar.
Wiencek provides more detail about Thomas Jefferson's history of slaveholding than has ever existed in one place before, making an important adjustment to a bowdlerized historical record. Jackson, Los Angeles Review of Books. It was an innovative and eccentric place, tricking the eye and keeping the visitor somewhat off balance. Jefferson, looked so startled as he raised his eyes from the latter to the servant behind him, that his discovery of the resemblance was perfectly obvious to all.
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