The definitive life of Jefferson in one volume, this biography relates Jefferson's private life and thought to his prominent public position and reveals the rich complexity of his development. As Peterson explores the dominant themes guiding Jefferson's career--democracy, nationality, and enlightenment--and Jefferson's powerful role in shaping America, he simultaneously tells the story of nation coming into being.
"Covers Jefferson's entire life with remarkable thoroughness."--New York Review of Books.
"A noble and fascinating study."--Chicago Tribune Book World.
"A masterly biography...An urbane and graceful style, marked by a sure sense of language, makes the book a pleasure to read."--Journal of Southern History
"The most comprehensive and balanced single-volumed study of Jefferson ever written."--Virginia Quarterly Review