Bowers is important from the point of view of definitive scholarship, but we confess we find him solid reading...This book precedes Jefferson and Hamilton and Jefferson in Power in backtracking of traits, events and course of development that made Jefferzon one of the immortals. Here are the origins of his social and political theories in formative years. Here is the exploration of a many-sided personality, incidents detailed in relation to his growth. Here is his career in Virgini, -- in the legislature, as governor -- micro of what he was to do for the nation; here is the value of his relations with France in establishing foreign policy; here is -- in some detail -- the human Jefferson, his dominant obsession for his home, his relations with his family, friends. It is a thorough, careful recapitulation of a man of vision -- at variance with some other books on the period, but -- with Bowers' record -- authoritative, if partisan.