Jefferson and His Time
Pulitzer Prize in History (1975) for vols. 1-5.
Jefferson and His Time is a masterpiece of well-presented, objective history regarding one of America's seminal intellectual lights. Malone's thorough treatment of Jefferson was my first exposure to the breadth and depth of Jefferson's intellectual pursuits. Although imperfect himself, Jefferson's profound study of the history of governments and institutions across the span of human history created an enduring proclamation of equality amongst people. Yet, his less widely appreciated pursuit of knowledge was fundamental to academia in America, embracing the broad areas of humanities and sciences. The Sage of Monticello remains, to me, an inspiring historical character.