In Pursuit of Reason: The Life of Thomas Jefferson

Noble E. Cunningham, Jr., Author Louisiana State University Press $29.95 (414p) ISBN 978-0-8071-1375-2
Cunningham succeeds admirably in his biography of Jefferson, intended for both scholars and general readers. The University of Missouri historian conveys not only the details of Jefferson's career as a politician and polymath, but the evolution of his thinking as expressed in Notes on the State of Virginia and other writings. He shows that Jefferson's belief in ""the sufficiency of reason for the care of human affairs'' sustained his political principles and his faith in progress and education. Cunningham, author of earlier books on the man and his era (The Image of Thomas Jefferson in the Public Eye, etc.), writes well and with evident authority in this rich work. Photos not seen by PW. History Book Club main selection. (May 29)
Reviewed on: 05/01/1987
Release date: 05/01/1987
Paperback - 414 pages - 978-0-345-35380-1
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