Jefferson and Monticello: The Biography of a Builder and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $22.99
  • Save: $5.74 (25%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Jefferson and Monticello:... has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Eligible for Amazon's FREE Super Saver/Prime Shipping, 24/7 Customer Service, and package tracking. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Jefferson and Monticello: The Biography of a Builder Paperback – October 15, 1990


See all 10 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$17.25
$3.19 $0.01

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Check out The Amazon Book Review, our editors' fresh new blog featuring interviews with authors, book reviews, quirky essays on book trends, and regular columns by our editors. Explore now
$17.25 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Jefferson and Monticello: The Biography of a Builder + Jefferson at Monticello : Recollections of a Monticello Slave and of a Monticello Overseer
Price for both: $36.75

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Review

Gracefully written . . . Jefferson and Monticello melds biography and social history to plumb the complexities and contradictions of our most gifted president. (John Catanzariti, Editor, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson)

McLaughlin's command of Jefferson's papers and drawings is astonishing. His research, combined with an engaging writing style, makes this an entertaining and informative volume for anyone with an interest in architecture, Jefferson, or his times. (Charles L. Granquist, Historic Preservation)

About the Author

John McLaughlin is head of the Humanities Division of Clemson University and has contributed to such scholarly journals as Shakespeare Quarterly and Modern Drama. He is also the author of The Housebuilding Experience.

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks (October 15, 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805014632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805014631
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joe Owen VINE VOICE on May 24, 2000
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a very informative and well written account about the 3rd President of the United States, the immortal Thomas Jefferson. This biography about the man and his passion for architecture are written down in easy to follow text that is difficult to accomplish about the complex man. The planning of Monticello and the labor of building and re-building are fascinating to think of, especially in the timeframe of which it was built. Jefferson was a true genious in his inventions and insight of how he wanted Monticello to work and function. People seem to forget that Jefferson was a gifted man of many talents, and in my opinion, one of his greatest gifts was architecture. In architecture of Monticello and the University of Virginia, Jefferson gives an insight to the man himself. Simple yet very complex. Jefferson enjoyed simplicity on the surface, but peel away the layers of the man, you found a very complex and intellectual person. The way Monticello was built and rebuilt due to Jefferson changing tastes and ideas says alot about the mans personal life himself. The only disturbing thing about Monticello was the human cost of labor that was used in it being built. The African-American slaves was the backbone of building to Jefferson's whim. This must of took a heavy toll of labor and lives, due to the magnificence of Monticello. This by the man who wrote that "all men are created equal". An interesting point to ponder. Overall, this is an excellent read and highly recommended to any history enthusiasts and enthusiasts of early American architecture.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is much more than a discussion of Jefferson and his home. Interwoven throughout the narrative are threads of colonial life. Slavery, Jefferson's personal relationships, the lower class white aristsans of Monticello are all discussed in detail. This makes the book a good biography, and a great social history.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Marsella on August 28, 2000
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Reading this book before a recent visit to Monticello tremendously enhanced the experience. The book provides so much detail on the design and construction of this beautiful home that you almost feel as if you have been there. A wonderful combination of biography and architectural writing. Highly recommended.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rick Matson on September 10, 1998
Format: Paperback
Having just toured Monticello, I was intrigued to learn more about the man that conceived and built this home and the many clever mechanisms within it. The book more than fulfilled my hopes of giving substancial insight into Jefferson's mindset and rationale for the many changes he made to it. If you like learning how and why unique structures like this come to be, you'll love this book. It was as satisfying as a similar book, The Builders Behind The Castles by Taylor Coffman which covers a similar reflection on the building and constant changes to Hearst's San Simeon.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on April 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a masterly work which was interesting not only to the amateur or professional architect but to the historian in each of us. Anyone who has visited Monticello is struck by what I can only call an 18th century "laboratory of ideas." His incessant tinkering, updating, adding, replacing demonstrate a vibrant and open mind. I was struck that Jefferson did not consider his being President, Sec of State or the Declaration of Independence author as the REALLY important facts of his life. They were the design of a new nation, founding the Univ of Virginia and last, but certainly not least, as a builder/architect. A wonderfully illustrated, vivid portrait of the man and his times. Jefferson was and is a hero not because of but in spite of his faults.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo Mio on January 31, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
It was not the Monticello we admire today, yet the influence of architect Andrea Palladio was unmistakeable. The double porticoes on the east and west front--one order of doric columns on the lower level topped by four Ionic columns on the upper level--was copied directly from Palladio's "The Four Books of Architecture." Still, it was about to be changed.

Having returned from Paris in 1789 (after four years as minister to France), Jefferson walked around the exterior of his house and noted several signs of neglect. A few repairs, a fresh coat of paint, and the house he had designed would be finished. Instead, he decided much of the house would have to come down and be redone in a new style. His European experience had given him the opportunity to see for himself several of the most stylish examples of French Palladianism. One residence in particular had caught his attention: the Hotel de Salm. It was a wide rectangular structure with a central, semicircular columned bay, capped with an intriguing dome. When Jefferson remodeled Monticello into the house we know today, the image of this stylish rectangular building with the unique dome was foremost in his mind.

It's information such as this that makes "Jefferson and Monticello: the Biography of Builder" by Jack McLaughlin, an important and worthwhile book. We live in an age where Jefferson slamming has become fashionable among book writers. McLaughlin reminds us that Jefferson, despite being all too human, was also a genius and an artist. Monticello was his passion, and he spent most of his life perfecting it. Work began in 1768, with the clearing of a mountaintop, and was never really finished until 1823, three years before Jefferson's death.

McLaughlin is a fine writer and did his homework.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Jefferson and Monticello: The Biography of a Builder
This item: Jefferson and Monticello: The Biography of a Builder
Price: $17.25
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com