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I Heart Paul Leicester Ford

Well, it's the 144th birthday of Paul Leicester Ford.  I know you're asking, who the heck's that guy?  (Or maybe you're not, if you work at the Papers of Thomas Jefferson/Retirement Series).  But perhaps you don't know about all the fascinating and cool things he did, so I'll tell you:

Feeling all gardeny

The Bradford pear trees are blooming this week (at least I think they're Bradford pear trees, but I have been known to misidentify plants), and for once on the first official day of the season it actually seems like said season.  Just in time for all this, there's a new book from the University of Virginia Press: Historic Virginia Gardens: Preservation Wo

Endlessly Relevant

I've already mentioned this book in a previous blog post, but this blogger's discussion of David G. Post's In Search of Jefferson's Moose is so interesting I feel compelled to point it out.  If this subject interests you in the least, it's well worth a look.

The Moose as Metaphor

Just arrived inexplicably on our desk the other day (Museum Shop?  Is that you, sending us presents?) - another book on Jefferson's relevance to today's issues of new technologies, intellectual property, and the laws that govern them:

In Search of Jefferson's Moose: Notes on the State of Cyberspace, by David G. Post (Oxford University Press, 2009)

Little Anthony

I'm eagerly delving into a book that arrived just today: Antonio Molina, Patriarch of the Anthony Mullins Family: An American History, compiled by Marjorie O'Brien Casteel.  Who is Antonio Molina, AKA Anthony Mullins (or "little Anthony," as Jefferson called him)?  Mullins was one of the men brought to Virginia in 1773 by Philip Mazzei, friend and neighbor of Jefferson and collaborator in hi

PTJ:RS 5.0 has dropped!

Oh happy day: volume 5 of Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series has arrived.  This brings us up through March 1813 - only 13 years, 3 months, and 4 days to go!  (Er, plus the remaining seven years of his presidency.)

Diagnosing TJ

An interesting work just arrived: Genius Genes: How Asperger Talents Changed the World, by Michael Fitzgerald and Brendan O'Brien (Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2007).

Delicious Historical Fiction

In honor of Presidents' Day, I tried really hard to think of some Abraham Lincoln-themed material for this post, but the best I could come up with was a blurb about a work of fiction set during George Washington's presidency.

Jefferson, Hull, and Koshchshs...that Polish guy

Just a quick note regarding the one item that caught my eye in the latest William & Mary Quarterly: Seth Cotlar of Willamette University reviews Gary Nash's and Graham Hodges' book Friends of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson, Tadeusz Kościuszko*, and Agrippa Hull: A Tale of Three Patriots, Two Revolutions, and a Tragic Betrayal of Freedom in the New Nation.

Buying Books Like It's My Job

I do apologize for the slight dry spell in Summary View entries - last week seems to have gotten away from us.  I blame our snow day-and-a-half.