This collectible book is written by Bill Barker, who has portrayed Thomas Jefferson in a variety of venues since 1981 and as a historical interpreter with Colonial Williamsburg since 1993. Part history and part autobiography, Mr. Barker writes about how his life has intersected with the historical figure he portrays, what it means to interpret Thomas Jefferson, and how his historical interpretation of Mr. Jefferson has evolved through the years. A must-have for fans of both Thomas Jefferson and Mr. Barker!
- 168 pages, including dozens of full-color photographs
- Gold embossed detailing, marbleized end papers, and linen spine
- WILLIAMSBURG exclusive!
"Meeting Bill is as close to meeting Thomas Jefferson as you can get" - Early American Life
Becoming JEFFERSON: My Life as a Founding Father by Bill Barker with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is dedicated to past, present, and future historical actor-interpreters.
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I enjoy watching Bill Barker portray Thomas Jefferson. Very interesting to see all the work that he does, that is why he is one of the very best.
We had the privilege of meeting "Mr. Jefferson" this past fall on a visit to Monticello. Jefferson's personna came alive through garb, manner and conversation, alluding to a private inner self. This book is thoughtfully presented with insightful text and lovely pictures revealing the evolution of a historical interpretor and his subject. Kudos for a job well done Mr Barker!!
Beautiful and engaging book written by an amazing actor who I only recently discovered. Recommended.
I absolutely love the book and it gave me some insight of the man who brought Thomas Jefferson to life for me. When reading it I could hear his voice. :)
Mr. Barker’s eloquent storytelling and the vibrant photos draw us into his intriguing journey of historical interpretation. Whether meeting Mr. Barker as Jefferson or as himself, you can tell he really enjoys what he does, which makes the history he teaches a delight for all. May he continue to bless us with his expertise in Thomas Jefferson for a long time.
Bill Barker presents an interesting story about his life's work: helping us better understand Thomas Jefferson.
This book was better than expected. I’d been curious about it for a while, but worried since it was a CW publication it would be just another glorified picture book in pretty binding meant for tourists. I was pleasantly surprised. The book is a great mix between Historical information about Thomas Jefferson and the personal/professional experiences of the author. It’s also well written and organized. I had a fun time reading this book.
I loved the book. I had the privilege of attending Mr. Barker’s performance only one time many years ago at Colonial Williamsburg. It was an unforgettable experience so I was very happy to see this book. I enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look at bringing Jefferson to life, which Mr. Barker did so brilliantly and realistically. On a side note, I was thrilled to learn that Mr. Barker had moved on to Monticello. After all his years of being Jefferson, it was good and right and appropriate in every way that he would transition there and I’m glad it happened. The real Thomas Jefferson would approve!