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The Quotable Jefferson - Thomas Jefferson

The Quotable Jefferson

Hardcover Published: 2nd May 2006
ISBN: 9780691122670
Number Of Pages: 624

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More than any other Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson made his reputation on the brilliance of his writing. John Adams chose the 33-year-old Jefferson to draft the Declaration of Independence largely because of his "masterly Pen." The genius of the Declaration and Jefferson's later writings amply confirmed Adams's judgment. Few writers have said so much on so many subjects--and said it so well--as Jefferson. "The Quotable Jefferson"--the most comprehensive and authoritative book of Jefferson quotations ever published--demonstrates that as does no other book.

Drawing primarily on "The Papers of Thomas Jefferson," published by Princeton University Press, John Kaminski has carefully collected and cleverly arranged Jefferson's pronouncements on almost 500 subjects, ranging from the profound and public--the Constitution--to the personal and peculiar--cold water bathing.

"The Quotable Jefferson" is the first book to put Jefferson's words in context with a substantial introduction, a chronology of Jefferson's life, the source of each quotation, an appendix identifying Jefferson's correspondents, and a comprehensive index. The main section of Jefferson quotations, which are arranged alphabetically by topic, is followed by three other fascinating sections of quotations: Jefferson on his contemporaries, his contemporaries on him, and Jefferson on himself.

This book will delight the casual reader and browser, but it is also a serious and carefully edited reference work. Whatever the subject, if Jefferson said something memorable about it, you are likely to find it here.

Industry Reviews

"John P. Kaminski's work, the product of many years research and laborious editing, will help to familiarize readers with the world view of Jefferson, while placing his words in the correct context. The work, even in the light of the volumes on Jefferson already at hand, is a welcome addition for those wanting to understand the man in his own word."--Patrick McNamara, National Conservative Weekly "This is an elegant collection of quotations... For those who enjoy their history in tasty tidbits and colorful personal language, this is a great book to dip into."--Edmonton Journal "This book will delight the casual reader and browser, but it is also a serious and carefully edited reference work. Whatever the subject, if Jefferson said something memorable about it, you are likely to find it here."--Spartacus Educational "If your family library contains no volume on Jefferson, John Kaminski's The Quotable Jefferson would be the perfect place to start. Every quotation is attributed to its source and it seems impossible that any reader who browses these pages would not be enticed to go more deeply into the life and history of Thomas Jefferson and in doing so, into the very heart of the nation of which he was so able a founder."--Mary Garrett, The Advocate

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xxiii
Thomas Jefferson Chronologyp. lxiii
The Thoughts and Words of Thomas Jeffersonp. 3
Advicep. 3
Agriculturep. 6
Americap. 12
The American Revolutionp. 18
The Artsp. 21
Booksp. 24
Cities, Countries, and Regionsp. 31
The Constitutionp. 50
Deathp. 60
Dreams, Imagination, and Memoriesp. 64
Duty, Honor, and Citizenshipp. 67
The Economyp. 77
Education and Knowledgep. 83
Familyp. 97
Food and Drinkp. 108
Foreign Affairsp. 112
Freedom and Libertyp. 116
Friends and Enemiesp. 123
Governmentp. 132
Health, Medicine, and Exercisep. 173
Historyp. 181
Human Action and Interactionp. 186
Human Naturep. 227
Indiansp. 242
Inventions and Ideasp. 246
Jefferson's Presidencyp. 252
The Judiciary and Justicep. 258
Languagep. 265
Lifep. 273
Life's Difficultiesp. 290
Lovep. 296
The Militaryp. 298
Moralityp. 300
The Natural Worldp. 310
Occupationsp. 321
Pain and Pleasurep. 323
Peacep. 326
The Peoplep. 329
Politicsp. 331
The Pressp. 342
Racismp. 351
Religionp. 352
Slaveryp. 373
Travelp. 379
Warp. 384
Womenp. 392
Thomas Jefferson Describes His Contemporariesp. 397
Thomas Jefferson Described by His Contemporariesp. 442
Thomas Jefferson Describes Himselfp. 490
Jefferson's Correspondentsp. 501
Bibliographyp. 515
Indexp. 519
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ISBN: 9780691122670
ISBN-10: 0691122679
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 2nd May 2006
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 12.7  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 0.57