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Thomas Jefferson : America's philosopher-king

Author: Max Lerner; Robert Schmuhl
Publisher: New Brunswick, NJ : Transaction Publishers, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Max Lerner studied and assessed many presidents during more than six decades as an author, journalist, and professor, yet Thomas Jefferson received his most sustained attention. To Lerner, Jefferson came closest in the American context to Plato's "philosopher-king," a thinker and leader. Because of his keen sense of Jefferson's virtues and his unique place in United States history, Lerner began work on a book about  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Max Lerner; Robert Schmuhl
ISBN: 156000262X 9781560002628
OCLC Number: 34150427
Description: viii, 147 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. The Making of a Revolutionary, 1743-1784 --
2. A Diplomat in Europe, 1785-1789 --
3. The Struggle for National Mastery, 1789-1800 --
4. The Practice and Theory of Foreign Policy, 1789-1795 --
5. The Two Revolutions --
6. A Party Leader's Path to the Summit, 1789-1800 --
7. Jefferson in Power: The "Jeffersonian Revolution" and the Presidency, 1801-1805 --
8. Jefferson in Trouble: Conspiracy, Embargo, and Civil Liberties, 1805-1809 --
9. Twilight of a Life --
And a Great Correspondence, 1809-1826 --
10. Reformer, Educator, Humanist: The Rounding Out of a Mind and Will, 1809-1826 --
11. Jefferson's Cosmos as a Frame for His Thought --
12. Last Days and Death, 1826 --
13. The Shadow of Jefferson: Legend, Image, Idea --
14. Ambiguity and Unity in Jefferson's Thought --
Appendix: Jefferson as a Man of Letters.
Responsibility: Max Lerner ; edited and with an introduction by Robert Schmuhl.

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Max Lerner studied and assessed many presidents during more than six decades as an author, journalist, and professor, yet Thomas Jefferson received his most sustained attention. To Lerner, Jefferson came closest in the American context to Plato's "philosopher-king," a thinker and leader. Because of his keen sense of Jefferson's virtues and his unique place in United States history, Lerner began work on a book about Jefferson in 1957, but other writing assignments and academic responsibilities postponed completion until his final days. In this never before published volume, Lerner uses the facts of Jefferson's life and work as the springboard to insightful analysis and informed assessment. In considering Jefferson, Lerner combines biographical information, historical background, and analytical commentary. The result is a primer about Jefferson that not only describes his accomplishments, but discusses his problems and failures.

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"[T]he eloquence, compactness, and grace of Lerner's essay can still be read to advantage as one of the best short introductions to Jefferson currently available." --J. C. A. Stagg, The American Read more...

 
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