Thomas Jefferson books

A Listmania! list by Kevin R. C. Gutzman (Connecticut)
The list author says: "Thomas Jefferson continues to fascinate, appall, and inspire nearly 200 years since his death. His views on foreign policy, political economy, women's role in society, race, constitutional interpretation, literature, friendship, and many other topics are all central to some really excellent books. Here are some of the very best of them."
Thomas Jefferson
1.  Thomas Jefferson by R. B. Bernstein
The list author says:
  "In a sea of Jefferson biographies, Bernstein's is a buoy marking the channel of truth.  It is fair -- neither unduly critical nor adulatory -- and accurate.  Bernstein's style is pleasant, too, and his book brief.  A great introduction."
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James Madison and the Making of America
2.  James Madison and the Making of America by Kevin R. C. Gutzman
The list author says:
  "Madison and Jefferson collaborated on the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, the creation of the Jeffersonian Republican Party, the creation of Republican foreign policy, the founding of the University of Virginia, and much else.  Consecutive presidents, they were also literally best of friends.  This has been called 'the Madison for our time.'"
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Thomas Jefferson : Writings : Autobiography / Notes on the State of Virginia / Public and Private Papers / Addresses / Letters (Library of America)
3.  Thomas Jefferson : Writings : Autobiography / Notes on the State of Virginia / Public and Private Papers / Addresses / Letters (Library of America) by Merrill D. Peterson
The list author says:
  "Jefferson was, first and foremost, an amazingly good writer.  His letters are studded with so many memorable lines that even if they weren't highly historically significant, reading them would be pure joy.  This is the finest collection."
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Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation: A Biography (Galaxy Books)
4.  Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation: A Biography (Galaxy Books) by Merrill D. Peterson
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  "In one meaty volume, the very full life of America's greatest polymath/politician.  Peterson's approach is sympathetic, but not worshipful, and his prose sparkles."
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American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
5.  American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph J. Ellis
The list author says:
  "Ellis's approach to Jefferson marks Ellis as the product of a later generation of scholars than Peterson.  This short, snappy study offers insight into Jefferson's character.  It is not an exhaustive biography, but a good introduction to TJ's personality."
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The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution (Politically Incorrect Guides)
6.  The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Constitution (Politically Incorrect Guides) by Kevin R. C. Gutzman
The list author says:
  "This volume is the first in 184 years to tell the history of American constitutionalism from a thoroughly Jeffersonian point of view."
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Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy
7.  Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy by Annette Gordon-Reed
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  "This book, published before the late '90s DNA revelations, examines the tradition among some African-American families that they are Jefferson descendants.  It is a fascinating book."
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Jeffersonian Legacies
8.  Jeffersonian Legacies by Peter S. Onuf
The list author says:
  "A wonderful collection of essays on issues Jeffersonian.  Onuf's choice of contributors is faultless, and the topics they address -- Jefferson as architect, Jefferson as father, Jefferson as master, Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence, among others -- are of enduring interest.  Everyone interested in American history should own this book."
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Virginia's American Revolution: From Dominion to Republic, 1776-1840
9.  Virginia's American Revolution: From Dominion to Republic, 1776-1840 by Kevin R. C. Gutzman
The list author says:
  "Here we have an account of the American Revolution from Virginia's point of view, one that foregrounds the remaking of Jefferson's society from a dominion of the king into a republic.  This, according to Jefferson, was what the Revolution was about, and here he and his countrymen are, failing to make the Virginia they hoped to make."
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Reclaiming the American Revolution: The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions and Their Legacy
10.  Reclaiming the American Revolution: The Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions and Their Legacy by William J. Watkins Jr.
The list author says:
  "When Thomas Jefferson said 'my country,' he always meant Virginia.  Here we have the constitutional implications."
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The Constitutional Thought of Thomas Jefferson (Constitutionalism and Democracy)
11.  The Constitutional Thought of Thomas Jefferson (Constitutionalism and Democracy) by David N. Mayer
The list author says:
  "Mayer's account of Jefferson's constitutional thought is a great introduction to this most significant aspect of Jefferson's life and work."
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The Revolution of 1800: Democracy, Race, and the New Republic (Jeffersonian America)
12.  The Revolution of 1800: Democracy, Race, and the New Republic (Jeffersonian America) by James P. P. Horn
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  "Never before this probing, ingenious collection have we realized how much was at stake in the election of 1800."
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History of the United States of America During the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson (Library of America Series)
13.  History of the United States of America During the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson (Library of America Series) by Henry Adams
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  "This study by the great-grandson of John Adams remains the classic account."
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The Presidency of Thomas Jefferson
14.  The Presidency of Thomas Jefferson by Forrest McDonald
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  "What a wonderful book!  It's critical -- highly critical --, and intensely thought-provoking."
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Mr. Jefferson's Women
15.  Mr. Jefferson's Women by Jon Kukla
The list author says:
  "Long in need of writing, Kukla's book examines one of the dark corners of Jefferson's mind and life.  Here, alas, he is truly a man of his time."
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Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State (Critical America)
16.  Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State (Critical America) by Daniel L. Dreisbach
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  "Jefferson's name has been appropriated to one of the great distortions of the American Constitution.  Dreisbach's book makes all clear."
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Jefferson's Empire: The Language of American Nationhood (Jeffersonian America)
17.  Jefferson's Empire: The Language of American Nationhood (Jeffersonian America) by Peter S. Onuf
The list author says:
  "HERE is an entertaining, nay shocking, account of the ex-president.  Jefferson's views on race figure prominently, and seem entirely foreign, in Onuf's work."
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The Inner Jefferson
18.  The Inner Jefferson by Andrew Burstein
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  "Burstein here provides the most acute account of Jefferson's personality, of the inner core of the 'American Sphinx.'"
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University of Virginia: Charlottesville 1817-26 Thomas Jefferson (Architecture in Detail)
19.  University of Virginia: Charlottesville 1817-26 Thomas Jefferson (Architecture in Detail) by Michael Brawne
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  "In 1976, the professional architects' association voted Jefferson's academical village (the central grounds at UVA) the outstanding American architectural achievement.  Here is a good account of this artistic masterpiece."
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The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison
20.  The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison by James Madison
The list author says:
  "Madison (the fourth American president) was Jefferson's best friend and closest political confidant.  The two of them shared some political aims, but had markedly different philosophical emphases and personalities.  These volumes collect their entire surviving correspondence."
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The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams
21.  The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams by Abigail Adams
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  "Alternately bosom friends, bitter enemies, and reconciled ex-presidents, Jefferson and Adams were also on an intellectual par.  Abigail Adams was no dummy, either.  A truly enlightening, and enlightened, correspondence."
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Twilight at Monticello: The Final Years of Thomas Jefferson
22.  Twilight at Monticello: The Final Years of Thomas Jefferson by Alan Pell Crawford
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  "The old Jefferson was the Real Thing.  Here he is in all his cantankerous glory."
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