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American Sphinx (Unabridged)
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Narrator: Susan O'Malley
Format: Unabridged
Release Date: May 2009
Audio Length: 15 hours
Rating: 44 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 (6008 ratings)
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Winner of the 1997 National Book Award for Nonfiction

For a man who insisted that life on the public stage was not what he had in mind, Thomas Jefferson certainly spent a great deal of time in the spotlight, even in his retirement. In his twilight years, Jefferson was already taking on the luster of a national icon, which was polished off by his auspicious death on July 4 (1826). In American Sphinx, Ellis sifts the facts from the legend to find the heart of the man who, at the grass roots, is no longer liberal or conservative, agrarian or industrialist, pro- or anti-slavery, privileged or populist. A man who sang incessantly under his breath; who spent ten hours a day during his presidency at his writing desk; and who sometimes found his political sensibilities colliding with his domestic agenda; who exhibited great depth and great shallowness, combined massive learning with extraordinary naivety, and should neither be beatified nor forgotten.

About the Author: Joseph J. Ellis

Born on January 1, 1967 in Saigon, Viet Nam Joseph J. Ellis is one of the most favored Bios & Memoirs authors among our customers. Featuring a selection of popular audio books like Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation, American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson and His Excellency: George Washington, read by well-known audio book narrators Nelson Runger and Susan O'Malley, Joseph J. Ellis has a total of 7 audiobooks in's catalog. While Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation was added to our database in 2004, making it his oldest audio book available on our website, Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence is the most recent addition to our selection of audio books from Joseph J. Ellis. All 7 audiobooks from Joseph J. Ellis make up over 78 hours of timeless Bios & Memoirs stories for customers to enjoy, including Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation and Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence. To find the audio book that best suits you, please visit his audio book page: Joseph J. Ellis audiobooks.

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