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Nicholas Delbanco

Delbanco's Count of Concord

Recovered from the losing side

From the October, 2008 issue

The narrator of Nicholas Delbanco's big new historical novel, The Count of Concord, tells us near the end of it "that Franklin Roosevelt said the three most interesting men, the three most impressive minds in our country's history were Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and my ancestor Ben Thompson." Like most people when first confronted with that sentence, I

 
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