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."
"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."
"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.'"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."