April 30, 2010

Friday Book Blogging

Another week of six books. The best of the lot was Thomas Fleming's The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers, a look at the close feminine relations of George Washington, John Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison and how each helped shape the men we know as the Fathers of America.
The book most definitely focuses on the men, but through the lens of the women in their lives. It is actually more like six mini-biographies, as each founder has his own "book" and there is little interplay in the stories. As a side note, it provides a compelling argument that not Thomas Jefferson, but his younger brother was the father of Sally Hemings' children.

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