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At the 2013 National Book Festival
- History & Biography
Saturday, September 21
4:25 pm - 5:10 pm
- Saturday, September 21
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Literary critic Jonathan Yardley called Henry Wiencek’s “Master of the Mountain” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Macmillan) “brilliant,” even as its author has been the subject of scathing criticism for his unflattering portrait of Thomas Jefferson. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Hemingses of Monticello,” Annette Gordon-Reed, said it “fails as a work of scholarship.” Wiencek told The New York Times that historians “are trying to discredit this. It presents an image they don’t like.” Wiencek depicts the third president as a cruel slaveholder who valued money much more than the principles he espoused as a founding father.