Twilight at Monticello by Alan Pell Crawford
The Final Years of Thomas Jefferson

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Twilight at Monticello is something entirely new: an unprecedented and engrossing personal look at the intimate Jefferson in his final years that will change the way readers think about this true American icon. It was during these years–from his return to Monticello in 1809 after two terms as president until his death in 1826–that Jefferson’s idealism would be most severely, and heartbreakingly, tested.

Based on new research and documents culled from the Library of Congress, the Virginia Historical Society, and other special collections, including hitherto unexamined letters from family, friends, and Monticello neighbors, Alan Pell Crawford paints an authoritative and deeply moving portrait of Thomas Jefferson as private citizen–the first original depiction of the man in more than a generation.

 

About Alan Pell Crawford

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Alan Pell Crawford is the author of Thunder on the Right: The "New Right" and The Politics of Resentment, which The New Republic called "a significant work of political and intellectual history." A vice-president of Emergence Brand Labs, he lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his wife, Sally Curran, and their two sons, Ned and Tim.
 
Published November 19, 2008 by Random House. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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Crawford’s chronicle of the founding of the University of Virginia, which Jefferson considered his greatest achievement next to the Declaration of Independence, details the president’s difficulties with the state legislature: True Jeffersonians, the lawmakers didn’t want to spend the money.

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At the age of sixty-six, Thomas Jefferson left the presidency and retired to his beloved home in Monticello.

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