Like most teenagers, when I was in high school I took sides in the whole Adams versus Jefferson debate. Granted, my knowledge was not particularly deep, but I was pretty convinced that I was a Jefferson person. So last year I got the Adams biography by David McCullough that was supposed to be so awesome and I read it (well technically I got it years ago but I finally got around to reading it last year), and it was indeed great. Plus, it gave me a whole new appreciation for Adams and really made me reevaluate my opinion. I highly recommend it, especially anyone who isn't a big Adams fan, because I think you'll read it and end up one. I still haven't seen the HBO miniseries because I don't have HBO, I'm bummed about that, but I digress.
Anyway, I got a biography of Alexander Hamilton recently and just finished that (PS notice it's a bargain book right now on Amazon, only $9, get it!) and it was also fantastic (I mean, understanding as you read it that the author is all about Hamilton so it's not totally unbiased). I didn't know very much about him before reading it, and I really had no idea just how much he did to shape America. But I digress again, because my point was that Hamilton butted heads with Jefferson a lot, too, and so after reading the Adams biography and the Hamilton biography, I'm starting to be kind of pissed at Jefferson! So I got a biography of Jefferson to try to even out the exposure they're getting, and like Jefferson again. I think I might have erred and gotten the wrong biography, though, because the one I bought is only 200 pages, and the reviews were excellent, but I'm somewhat skeptical about how great a picture I can get in only 200 pages. Maybe that's book snobby of me, I don't know. Anyway, hopefully I'll rediscover my love for Jefferson after reading it. But I am sure that Aaron Burr can bite me, I don't need to read his biography to know that.