In a straightforward, readable biography, Adler hits on the important events of Jefferson's life, hinting at the wealth of his mental abilities and creativity. For beginning history students, and for young people who want a good overview, this is an excellent place to start. Since almost half the book is given to his youth through college, though, a somewhat lopsided emphasis is on these years; budding historians might yearn to hear more about his experiments and inventions at Monticello and about his influence on political history. The illustrations, with the exception of the cover painting, leave something to be desired. While some are adequate, many are the antithesis of Jefferson's own vitality, grace and love of proportion.