Jefferson: Genius of Liberty
by Garry Wills. New York: Viking Studio, 2000. ISBN 0-670-88933-4.
Jefferson: Genius of Liberty is a companion volume to the major
Library of Congress Bicentennial exhibition, Thomas Jefferson,
which opened on April 24, 2000.
examines the life of a central figure in the history of the Library
of Congress as well as the nation. Illuminated by Jefferson's own
words, Genius of Liberty includes an introduction by historian
Gary Wills and essays by distinguished historians Joseph J. Ellis,
Annette Gordon-Reed, Pauline Maier, Charles A. Miller, and Peter
S. Onuf. Based on the themes of the exhibition and drawing on the
unparalleled Jefferson collections of the Library, the volume examines
the conflicts among Jefferson's public ideals, the political realities
he faced, and his private life. It offers no single view of Jefferson,
but instead explores the life of a complex man whose views influenced
every major political event in this country's early life.
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