One of the most challenging of Americans, Jefferson is a constant challenge to biographers. This recounts the early years of his life and career. There are new sources tapped, and the building of the many facets of the man emphasize his tremendous growth of ideas and beliefs. Here are his family, ancestors, comrades, friends, neighbors, his schooling and formal education, his interests in music and theatre, his youthful romance, his legal training, the scandals of his youth, the building of Monticello, his shadow, wife, his slow to the summit of government and the steps leading to the break with England. A human picture of the man, which throws light on his wide curdiality and interests. Good general appeal.