Review by jerry woolpy of most blessed of the patriarchs thomas jefferson and the empire of imagination by annette gordon reed and peter s onuf a number of the personal letters to and from thomas jefferson have been studied only recently this book is an analysis of those letters as they may reveal the mind of jefferson as he coursed . Let us count the ways in which thou art blessed for thomas jefferson this injunction could take all night for the book most blessed of the patriarchs thomas jefferson and the empire of the imagination it is unfortunately a much shorter task thomas jefferson is a charming and contradictory figure. Bust of jefferson houdon at the university of virginiacreditcreditphotograph by lee boltin the life images collection via getty images most blessed of the patriarchs thomas jefferson and . Annette gordon reed and peter s onufs new biographical study of thomas jefferson most blessed of the patriarchs offers a fresh look at jefferson and the ways virginias plantation society . Most blessed of the patriarchs fundamentally challenges much of what weve come to accept about jefferson neither hypocrite nor saint atheist nor fundamentalist gordon reed and onuf through a close reading of jeffersons own words reintroduce us all to our most influential founding father a man more gifted than most but complicated
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