Becoming Jefferson: My Life As A Founding Father
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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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!
This book ids about a cousin of mine and the picture of the house on page 18 is the house my great grandmonther was born and raised. Thank you for making this book available.
On our many visits to Colonial Williamsburg we loved On our many visits to Colonial Williamsburg we loved Mr. Barker's interpretations of Thomas Jefferson and had a few one-on-one discussions with him. The book provides an excellent insight into Mr. Barker becoming the wonderful interpreter that he is
Really enjoyed reading about his adventures
I bought this for my daughter as a birthday gift, she said that she enjoyed it but made her feel some sadness sometimes reading it. She felt excited once she received it.
Thanks to Bill Barker for all of his time that he put into writing it. I bought the books for my granddaughters for their birthdays