Chasing the Norm

Australian academic and blogger on politics, international relations, and culture

The Road to Monticello

The Road to Monticello: The Life and Mind of Thomas Jefferson
by Kevin J. Hayes

Magisterial. As fine a literary tribute as the subject could deserve. Jefferson was a pre-eminent man of letters and his life was defined more by his pursuit of books and knowledge, than by the offices through which he expressed his learned views on government, society and nature.

Hayes provides an insight not only into what Jefferson was reading at all stages of his life(not just titles but story and themes), as well as how the book was received at the time, and how Jefferson later made use of the ideas of phrases of it in his life. This helps show how one of Americas finest writers, author of the incomparable Declaration of Independence, gained the language and ideas which he then could put forth.

If you want to know the mind of Thomas Jefferson, this is the book to read.

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