Reviewing Thomas S. Kidd’s Biography of America’s Double-Minded Third President
Jefferson is a man I find difficult to like. The great sphinx he was. He could not afford an open and embracing life. Too many dark corners and ulterior motives. Grand philosophy, but petty and petulant in life. I take him for what he gave but not for what he withheld.
Jefferson was a fink. John and Abigail Adams showered kindnesses on Jefferson when he came to London. How did he repay them? By stabbing Adams in the back, and torturing him with invective (as Jefferson surely knew was the best way to attack Adams, who was overly sensitive). Jefferson was the father of nasty partisan politics in America.
I do see a lot of parallels with today’s values. And I also thought he donated his book collection! Really well summarized. Kinda hope this is Lin Manuel Miranda’s next musical 😂
This is so well done Joel! Thank you.