- Publisher: Marmarth Press
- Edition: 1st
- Available in: Paperback
- Published: October 18, 2015
This was a limited edition book (128 pages), consisting of frequently asked questions about Thomas Jefferson. This is a format I find particularly congenial to my temperament. The illustration on the cover of the book was painted by my friend Annie Hall of Reno, Nevada. It perfectly captures my concept of Jefferson: shy, serene, unblinking, a little physically insubstantial.
The book answer such questions as, “What was Jefferson’s role in the American Revolution?,” “What is the truth about Sally Hemings?,” “What is the most Jeffersonian place in America?,” and “What were the greatest things Jefferson ever wrote?”
The book is still available, and I would like to revise and republish it.
It seems to me that beneath the marvelous surface of serenity was a subterranean realm of intense emotion. I see Jefferson as a highly emotion man masquerading as a predominantly rational one. He was, I believe, so highly uncomfortable with emotion that he did everything in his power to bury his emotional being under grids, projects, letters, unrelenting activity, and what he called ‘artificial good humor.’ The result was highly successful. He accomplished more than most other people can even imagine and he permitted himself to be angry only a handful of times in a very long life.