American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson is a historical book by Joseph Ellis, published in 1996. The book examines the personality traits of president Thomas Jefferson, who accomplished more in his first term in office than almost any other president. Ellis examines Jefferson's inconsistencies in opinion and how he presented himself differently towards different people. He also remarks on Jefferson's shyness from the public and his preference for writing over public speaking.

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