Books of Interest

Martha Jefferson: An Intimate Life with Thomas Jefferson

William G. Hyland Jr.  Rowman & Littlefield, 2014

William G. Hyland Jr. 

Rowman & Littlefield, 2014

Martha Jefferson is the first and only biography of Thomas Jefferson's greatest love and true kindred spirit, who died an untimely death at the young age of 33 in 1782...Read more 

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William G. Hyland Jr., Rowman & Littlefield, 2014

 

 


Thomas Jefferson’s Enlightenment: Paris 1785

by James Thompson Commonwealth Book Publishers of Virginia (2013)

by James Thompson

Commonwealth Book Publishers of Virginia (2013)

Why Jefferson left Monticello in 1784 and went to Paris is somewhat of an unanswered mystery. Read more...


Long Journey with Mr. Jefferson

William G Hyland Jr.  Potomac Books Inc., 2013

William G Hyland Jr. 

Potomac Books Inc., 2013


Reviewed by Kathryn Moore

Few biographers can boast of spending nearly all of their professional lives writing a comprehensive biography of one of America's most complex subjects...Read more

 

 

 


Dutiful Correspondent: Philosophical Essays on Thomas Jefferson

M. Andrew Holowchak Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012

M. Andrew Holowchak

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012

"This book began, harmlessly enough, as a series of philosophical essays on Thomas Jefferson that were intended to be independently published in selected scholarly journals. I had no intention of binding them together in a book. Yet as I proceeded with the first essay, I began another and then another, without finishing the first. Before long, I had a collection of some five or six incomplete essays on distinct philosophical topics. In each distinct paper, I kept putting forth similar points, because I was making significant discoveries about Jefferson the philosopher-viz., I was finding unexpectedly considerable philosophical content in his numerous writings." (From the Preface of Dutiful Correspondent) 

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The Road to Monticello: The Life and Mind of Thomas Jefferson

Kevin J. Hayes Oxford University Press, 2008

Kevin J. Hayes

Oxford University Press, 2008

Reviewed by Richard E. Dixon

If you are unfamiliar with the basic details of the life of Thomas Jefferson, this should not be your first book. It is better that you read a biography first, such as Merrill Peterson's Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation.. Read more

 

 


Thomas Jefferson's Scrapbooks

Jonathan Gross Steelforth Press, 2006

Jonathan Gross

Steelforth Press, 2006

Reviewed by Richard E. Dixon

This is a book you keep on your night stand or on the corner of your desk so that you can pick it up from time to time. Read more...

 

 

 


Liberty, State, & Union: The Political Theory of Thomas Jefferson

Luigi Marco Bassani Mercer University Press, 2010

Luigi Marco Bassani

Mercer University Press, 2010

Reviewed by Richard E. Dixon

It has become a conventional exercise in recent years to see Thomas Jefferson through the prism of slavery, as though that were the cornerstone on which his political and social philosophy should be examined. It has become almost mandatory for historians to pronounce Jefferson as ambivalent...Read more


 

 


Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War

by Michael Kranish Oxford University Press (2010) 

by Michael Kranish

Oxford University Press (2010) 

Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War

After the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson returned to Monticello and remained there for the greater part of the Revolutionary War. Read more...


Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy

Annette Gordon-Reed University Press of Virginia (1997)

Annette Gordon-Reed

University Press of Virginia (1997)

Reviewed by Richard E. Dixon

It is clear the author is troubled by the legal insufficiency of the evidence that Thomas Jefferson was the father to any of Sally Hemings children. 

 

 

 


Understanding Thomas Jefferson

E. M. Halliday HarperCollins (2001)

E. M. Halliday

HarperCollins (2001)

Reviewed by Richard E. Dixon

Despite the puff reviews on the jacket, this is not the book to read to "get to know" Thomas Jefferson. Read more...

 

 

 


Negro President

Garry Wills Houghton Mifflin company (2003)

Garry Wills

Houghton Mifflin company (2003)

Reviewed by Richard E. Dixon

The 3/5ths clause was adopted by the Second Continental Congress in the Articles of Confederation as means of counting the slaves for two purposes...Read more...

 

 


Thomas Jefferson

R. B. Bernstein Oxford University Press (2003)

R. B. Bernstein

Oxford University Press (2003)

Reviewed by Richard E. Dixon

Thomas Jefferson's long and accomplished life resists compression into a one volume treatment. Professor R. B Bernstein almost meets the challenge but not without some lapses. Read more...

 

 

 


Siting Jefferson: Contemporary Artists Interpret Thomas Jefferson's Legacy

Jill Hartz University Press of Virginia (2003)

Jill Hartz

University Press of Virginia (2003)

Reviewed by Herbert Barger

This book preserves a site-specific exhibition sponsored by the University of Virginia Art Museum in 2000 called "Hindsight/Fore-site: Art for the New Millennium." Read more...


Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory and Civic Culture

Edited by Jan Ellen Lewis and Peter S. Onuf University Press of Virginia (1999)

Edited by Jan Ellen Lewis and Peter S. Onuf

University Press of Virginia (1999)

Reviewed by Herbert Barger

I had requested to be present at a panel discussion of this book and was invited by Professor Peter Onuf, one of the authors. Upon arrival, I was denied a seat on the panel...Read more...

 

 


Jeffersonian Legacies

Edited by Peter S. Onuf University Press of Virginia (1993)

Edited by Peter S. Onuf

University Press of Virginia (1993)



 

 


Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy

Francis D. Cogliano University of Virginia Press (2006)

Francis D. Cogliano

University of Virginia Press (2006)

Reviewed by Richard E. Dixon

Francis D. Cogliano suggests his Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy can be a successor to The Jefferson Image in the American Mind by Merrill D. Peterson. That's quite a stretch, but Reputation and Legacy is well worth the reader's time. 

 


Twilight at Monticello: The Final Years of Thomas Jefferson

Alan Pell Crawford Random House (2008)

Alan Pell

Crawford Random House (2008)

Reviewed by Richard E. Dixon

Once James Madison was inaugurated as president, it was time for Thomas Jefferson to return to Monticello. Read more...