"The material is a joy to read, for the ex-president remained incredibly active and took a keen interest in the world beyond his mountaintop home. . . . [T]his [is a] magnificent endeavor."--Choice
". . . . a landmark event . . . . endlessly fascinating . . . . Led by J. Jefferson Looney, the Retirement Papers project at Monticello is sustained by a talented staff." -- Andrew Burstein. Read the full review »
The launch of THE PAPERS OF THOMAS JEFFERSON: RETIREMENT SERIES is a major event in American historical scholarship, and this splendid volume gets the series off to a magnificent start. The editorial methods are, as always, exacting; the scholarship is superb; and the contents of this volume already illuminate the beginning of Jefferson's retirement and the ways in which he and the American people collaborated in devising the roles that an ex-President should play in American public life. Anyone who cares about Thomas Jefferson should study this volume and its successors with care. --Richard B. Bernstein
"If the first volume is any indication, the Retirement Series will sustain the high quality of scholarship Julian P. Boyd established more than a half century ago." -- From The Road to Monticello: The Life and Mind of Thomas Jefferson (2008) by Kevin J. Hayes.