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Saving Monticello

The Levy Family's Epic Quest to Rescue the House that Jefferson Built
Marc Leepson


BUY Paper · 320 pp. · 6.13 × 9.25 · ISBN 9780813922195 · $21.95 · Mar 2003

How a Jewish navy veteran and his descendants saved one of America's most recognizable architectural landmarks

Reviews:


Hang on for a wild ride through history with colorful characters that even Jefferson’s imagination couldn’t have foreseen.

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

In this excellent account of Monticello’s ownership after Thomas Jefferson’s death, Leepson... turns the spotlight on a family that contributed to the preservation of history.... With fascinating detail, Leepson uncovers the facts surrounding Monticello’s owners and preservation.

Publishers Weekly

This book provides useful and welcome evidence of the Levys’ role [in saving Monticello]. Leepson is a diligent, thorough researcher.... [A] good book.

Washington Post

Leepson... has opened the curtain on a little-known portion of American history, and Saving Monticello is a welcome treat... a fascinating book.

Chicago Tribune

In its own way, the story of the Levys at Monticello is as compelling as the story of Jefferson at Monticello. It’s not simply a story of how a remarkable family saved a special place, it’s a very human story—indeed, a very American story—wonderfully told. I highly recommend it.

Richard Moe, President, National Trust for Historic PreservationRoanoke Times 9/14/03

About the Author: 

Marc Leepson is the author of nine books, including biographies of the Marquis de Lafayette and Francis Scott Key. His work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines, and he is a contributor to the Encyclopedia Britannica.

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