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Topic: 2012 Award Winner Choice Discussion

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Kat (polbio) -
Subject: 2012 Award Winner Choice Discussion
Date Posted: 1/1/2012 6:25 AM ET
Member Since: 10/10/2008
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Post a review of the book you chose for this category here

Date Posted: 12/3/2012 12:21 AM ET
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I read American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis, winner of the National Book Award.  Ellis has a very engaging style of writing, and I found myself drawn in immediately.  The focus is on the events that formed the character and personality of Jefferson rather than a straight chronological history.  Ellis chooses five major eras from the life of Jefferson that had an impact on his thinking and discussed them in detail.  I enjoyed it very much.