Alan Pell Crawford is the author, most recently, of Twilight at Monticello: The Final Years of Thomas Jefferson, a Book of the Month Club selection, History Book Club selection and Washington Post Best Seller.
“Alan Pell Crawford’s beautifully written, evocative portrait of the Sage of Monticello in his retirement years is a welcome addition to the Jefferson bookshelf,” according to Peter Onuf, Jefferson Professor of History at the University of Virginia. “Juxtaposing affecting scenes of Jefferson’s domestic life with fresh and illuminating perspectives on his subject’s late-life political, philosophical, and spiritual preoccupations, Crawford’s fine book should engage and reward a wide audience.”
A journalist and political analyst, a former U.S. Senate speechwriter and congressional press secretary, Crawford is also an accomplished public speaker. He has been a resident scholar at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, at the International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and at the Boston Athenaeum.
On television and radio, and in ballrooms and intimate settings, he has addressed audiences throughout the United States.