Acclaimed travel and adventure expert Anthony Brandt illuminates Jefferson's inspiring voice, restless imagination and penetrating intelligence, drawing on his voluminous travel diaries and personal correspondence to reveal the man himself and the world in which he played such a vital role.
Powerfully written in Jefferson's own words, the book traces his journeys throughout Europe during his five-year residency in Paris, where he replaced Benjamin Franklin as U.S. Minister to France. His insightful, sophisticated impressions give readers a new perspective on European life in the 18th century. "This is a man whose mind grew wings," Brandt writes, presenting Jefferson as a man no longer possible to idolize, but impossible not to like.
In Charlottesville, Virginia, beneath the irregular rhythms of
modern student life, there remains a grand expression of the Enlightenment, a philosophy concretized in brick and timber. Garry Wills explores Thomas Jefferson's great achievement, the University of Virginia, as a final, ...