by Albert Jay Nock

An excellent biography. It gives a clear understanding of Jefferson's thought and character as well as the temper of his times. Nock incorporates knowledge of the nature of the state and the market to explain not only Jefferson's politics, but also Hamilton's, Adams', and Washington's. It is an excellent application of Beardian-libertarian class analysis to a crucial period of history. Yet the emphasis is not on politics, but on the civilized, cultured, curious genius of a well-rounded and extremely important man.

Year Read: 1973

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