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Master of the Mountain

Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves

Wiencek, Henry

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Master of the Mountain
"Master of the Mountain," Henry Wiencek's eloquent, persuasive book--based on new information coming from archaeological work at Monticello and on hitherto overlooked or disregarded evidence in Jefferson's papers--opens up a huge, poorly understood dimension of Jefferson's world."--

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0374299560
Characteristics: 336 p. :,ill., maps, geneal. tables ;,24 cm


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Feb 09, 2013
  • icelandia rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Made me wonder if Jefferson was a sociopath -- many "great" men and most "successful" business men are. His pocketbook was more important than his ideals.
Some errors in the book but minor mistakes. For a history book, pretty damned exciting.

Jan 02, 2013
  • macchire rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read a lot of history, this is the best I have read in a long time. It really portrays the evil of slavery and Thomas Jefferson's increasing dependency on it. Jefferson owned as property men women and children he sold them and refused many of his contemporaries pleas to free them including an offer of paying to do so. Among the people he owned were members of his own family! A must read if you want to know just who our founding fathers really were.


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