Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis
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Ellis believes that Jefferson had the unique ability to make himself believe anything, even when it was wrong. For instance, he supported the French Revolution until Napoleon revealed himself to be a dictator. Jefferson thought England would fall to France, but when facts proved otherwise, he was undaunted. Instead, he simply changed courses, and his political reputation did not suffer because of it. As a result, Jefferson became the illustrative hero of the Revolution, to himself and to the public.