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Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence

Inventing America: Jefferson's Declaration of Independence
Author: Garry Wills
ISBN 13: 9780618257768
ISBN 10: 618257764
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Mariner Books
Publication Date: 2002-11-14
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
List Price: $23.95

From one of America's foremost historians, Inventing America compares Thomas Jefferson's original draft of the Declaration of Independence with the final, accepted version, thereby challenging many long-cherished assumptions about both the man and the document. Although Jefferson has long been idealized as a champion of individual rights, Wills argues that in fact his vision was one in which interdependence, not self-interest, lay at the foundation of society. "No one has offered so drastic a revision or so close or convincing an analysis as Wills has . . . The results are little short of astonishing" (Edmund S. Morgan New York Review of Books ).