A book for scholars and historians, not for the average reader. Minute examination of the source material on the fourth president of the U.S., this volume (presumably there will be a second) covering his childhood, boyhood, youth, the preparation for maturity. The whole background of early Virginia before he arrives on the scene, his school at Princeton (briefly glimpsed as a not wholly estimable young man, as he issued various bawdy verses and was fairly typical of his day.) His friends and associates -- his early statesmanship and work in local politics. A book in the atmosphere of revolution, rather than the fact of revolution. Goes through 1780.