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Best Thomas Jefferson Books Worth Your Attention

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Thomas Jefferson books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (2013)

 Best Thomas Jefferson Books Worth Your AttentionIn this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.   Thomas Jefferson hated confrontation, and yet his understanding of power and of human nature enabled him to move men and to marshal ideas, to…
Author(s): Jon Meacham

2. Autobiography of Thomas Jefferson (2017)

 Best Thomas Jefferson Books Worth Your AttentionA proponent of democracy, republicanism, and individual rights motivating American colonists to break from Great Britain and form a new nation, he produced formative documents and decisions at both the state and national level. He was a land owner and farmer. Jefferson was primarily of English ancestry, born and educated in colonial Virginia. He graduated from the College of William & Mary and briefly practiced law, at times defending slaves seeking their freedom. During the American Revolution, he represented Virginia in the Continental Congress that adopted the Declaration, drafted the…
Author(s): Thomas Jefferson

3. American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson (1998)

 Best Thomas Jefferson Books Worth Your AttentionNational Bestseller For a man who insisted that life on the public stage was not what he had in mind, Thomas Jefferson certainly spent a great deal of time in the spotlight–and not only during his active political career. After 1809, his longed-for retirement was compromised by a steady stream of guests and tourists who made of his estate at Monticello a virtual hotel, as well as by more than one thousand letters per year, most from strangers, which he insisted on answering personally. In his twilight years Jefferson was already taking on the luster of a…
Author(s): Joseph J. Ellis

4. Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History (2017)

 Best Thomas Jefferson Books Worth Your AttentionWhen Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America was deeply in debt and needed its economy to grow quickly, but its merchant ships were under attack. Pirates from North Africa routinely captured American sailors and held them as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute far beyond what the new country could afford.   Jefferson found it impossible to negotiate with the leaders of the Barbary states, who believed their religion justified the plunder and enslavement of non-Muslims. These rogue states would show no mercy, so President Jefferson…
Author(s): Brian Kilmeade, Don Yaeger

5. Memoir, Correspondence, and Miscellanies, from the Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Volume 3 (2010)

 Best Thomas Jefferson Books Worth Your AttentionThis is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you…
Author(s): Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph

6. Speech of Mr. T. J. Rusk, of Texas, on the Mexican War: Delivered in the Senate of the United States, February 17, 1848 (Classic Reprint) by Thomas Jefferson Rusk (2015-09-27) ()

 Best Thomas Jefferson Books Worth Your AttentionPaperback Publisher: Forgotten Books (1783) ASIN: B01K95VI4W Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,228,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?…
Author(s): Jan 1, 1783

7. Thomas Jefferson (2005)

 Best Thomas Jefferson Books Worth Your AttentionThomas Jefferson designed his own tombstone, describing himself simply as “Author of the Declaration of Independence and of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and Father of the University of Virginia.” It is in this simple epitaph that R.B. Bernstein finds the key to this enigmatic Founder–not as a great political figure, but as leader of “a revolution of ideas that would make the world over again.” In Thomas Jefferson, Bernstein offers the definitive short biography of this revered American–the first concise life in six decades. Bernstein…
Author(s): R. B. Bernstein

8. Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson (2018)

 Best Thomas Jefferson Books Worth Your AttentionFrom the great historian of the American Revolution, New York Times-bestselling and Pulitzer-winning Gordon Wood, comes a majestic dual biography of two of America’s most enduringly fascinating figures, whose partnership helped birth a nation, and whose subsequent falling out did much to fix its course.Thomas Jefferson and John Adams could scarcely have come from more different worlds, or been more different in temperament. Jefferson, the optimist with enough faith in the innate goodness of his fellow man to be democracy’s champion, was an aristocratic Southern slaveowner,…
Author(s): Gordon S. Wood

9. The Portable Thomas Jefferson (Portable Library) (1977)

 Best Thomas Jefferson Books Worth Your AttentionIncludes and complete; seventy-nine letters; “Response to the Citizens of Albemarle,” 1790; “Opinion on the Constitutionality of a National Bank,” 1791; and many other writings….
Author(s): Thomas Jefferson, Merrill D. Peterson

10. The Real Thomas Jefferson (American Classic Series) (1983)

 Best Thomas Jefferson Books Worth Your AttentionJefferson is the central figure in American history, and…he may yet prove to be the central figure in modern history. So stated noted historian Henry Steele Commager. And as the English novelist Samuel Butler once wrote, Though God cannot alter the past–historians can. His observation is especially applicable to our changing perceptions of great historical personalities, most of whom are relentlessly reinterpreted by each new generation of biographers. There is no better example of this kind of metamorphosis than Thomas Jefferson, author of the American Declaration of…
Author(s): Andrew M. Allison

11. The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson (2016)

 Best Thomas Jefferson Books Worth Your AttentionThe American public was nearly deprived of the opportunity to read this book.In 2012 popular historian David Barton set out to correct what he saw as the distorted image of a once-beloved Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson, in what became a New York Times best-selling book, The Jefferson Lies.Despite the wildly popular success of the original hardcover edition, or perhaps because of it, a campaign to discredit Barton’s scholarship was launched by bloggers and a handful of non-historian academics. What happened next was shocking – virtually unprecedented in modern American publishing…
Author(s): David Barton

Best Thomas Jefferson Books Worth Your Attention

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Revolutionary Brothers: Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, and the Friendship that Helped Forge Two Nations

Author(s): Tom Chaffin
ID: 2442151, Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, Year: 26 Nov 2019, Size: 16 Mb, Format: epub

Rethinking Thomas Jefferson's Writings on Slavery and Race

Author(s): M. Andrew Holowchak
ID: 2665420, Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Year: 2020, Size: 1 Mb, Format: pdf

In the Hands of the People: Thomas Jefferson on Equality, Faith, Freedom, Compromise, and the Art of Citizenship

Author(s): Jon Meacham; Annette Gordon-Reed
ID: 2770496, Publisher: Random House Publishing Group, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly chart-busters according to The New York Times, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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