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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,386 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Annette Gordon-Reed Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This epic work tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family’s dispersal after Jefferson’s death in 1826.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Readers will find it absorbing.”

    New York Times

  • “This revelatory American story provides some much needed insight into Southern antebellum life and the various contradictions involving the views and behavior of slave masters and their relations to their slaves.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Gordon-Reed has given us an important story that is ultimately about the timeless quest for justice and human dignity.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Fascinating, wise, and of the utmost importance…Gordon-Reed’s genius for reading nearly silent records makes this an extraordinary work.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This is a masterpiece brimming with decades of dedicated research and dexterous writing.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sue | 2/15/2014

    " Am 3/4 through this book..... course I love history so I find this very interesting... and to think for so many years TJ and descendants denied his family w/ Sally Hemings! They wee most obvious at the time! Ms. Gordon-Reed does go down many paths of conversation about possibilities of this and that since no documentation exists... overall... very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bunnie O'hara | 2/11/2014

    " annette gordon reed has researched this subject very well- this is the story of sally hemings -a slave in the time of thomas jefferson. it is also the story of her relatives and their relationship to jefferson's wife and finally their individual fates.little known facts about the way jefferson and those around him lived. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Joanna Cyrgalis | 2/9/2014

    " difficult to read, a good deal of conjecture and going off on tangents. one of the few books i started and probably will not finish "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Meri | 2/4/2014

    " I couldn't finish this one. While I find the subject very interesting, Ms. Gordon-Reed went into far too much speculative detail. While the reader in me is curious whether Sally Hemings found Thomas Jefferson attractive or how she may have felt about living in Paris, she beats the subject to death going over all of the possibilities. Gordon-Reed also has an annoying propensity to spoon feed us obvious information, like that just because two people are legally married doesn't mean they love each other and even though slaves were legally property, they still had the full gamut of human emotions. I have to give her credit for loving her subject, but not conveying that love to her readers very well. "

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