The American Scholar

A Founding Class



Norton, 426 pp., $29.95

REVOLUTIONARY BROTHERS: Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, and the Friendship That Helped Forge Two Nations


St. Martin’s Press, 529 pp., $29.99

ALAN TAYLOR REVELS IN having a broad canvas to fill, so readers who pick up expecting a concise treatment of that narrow topic will instead find themselves swept along on a panoramic journey through Virginia history from the 1730s to the 1860s. Jefferson’s alma mater, the College of William & Mary, shares the spotlight with the institution he founded, the University of Virginia, where Taylor is the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History. But Taylor’s learned, sprightly text illuminates

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