I consulted many books in writing Ashmore’s Folly. If you are interested in learning more about September 11, Thomas Jefferson, and/or Virginia architecture, I recommend these:

September 11 * Thomas Jefferson

Monticello * Virginia Plantation Homes

September 11

Botte, John. Aftermath: Unseen 9/11 Photos by a New York City Cop. Collins Design, 2006.

Brill, Steven. After: How America Confronted the September 12 Era. Simon & Schuster, 2003.

Carter, Abigail. The Alchemy of Loss: A Young Widow’s Transformation. HCI Book, 2008.

Der Spiegel. Inside 9-11: What Really Happened. St. Martin’s Press, 2010.

DiMarco, Damon. Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11. Santa Monica Press, 2004.

Dwyer, Jim and Flynn, Kevin. 102 Minutes: The Unforgettable Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers. Times Books, 2011.

Frankel, Max. September 11, 2001. Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2001.

Glanz, James, and Eric Lipton. City in the Sky: The Rise and Fall of the World Trade Center. Times Books, 2003.

Meyerowitz, Joel. Aftermath: World Trade Center Archive. Phaidon Press, 2006.

Murphy, Dean. September 11: An Oral History. Doubleday, 2002.

National Commission on Terrorist Attacks. The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States. W. W. Norton & Company, 2004.

Photographers of the New York City Police Department (Author), Christopher Sweet (Author), David Fitzpatrick (Author), Gregory Semendinger (Author). Above Hallowed Ground: A Photographic Record of September 11, 2001. Studio, 2002.

Torres, Francesc. Memory Remains: 9/11 Artifacts at Hangar 17. National Geographic, 2011.


* Limited to sources about TJ’s relationship with Sally Hemings. Jefferson is a cottage industry in himself — I have over a hundred books on various aspects of Jefferson’s life, but these three and the books on Monticello are the most germane to my story.

Brodie, Fawn. Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate Biography. W. W. Norton & Company, 1974.

Gordon-Reed, Annette. The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. W. W. Norton & Company, 2008.

—. Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy. University of Virginia Press, 1997.


Adams, William Howard. Jefferson’s Monticello. Abbeville Press, 1983.

Beiswanger, William L. Monticello in Measured Drawings: Drawings by the Historic American Buildings Survey / Historic American Engineering Record, National Park Service. University of Virginia Press, 2001.

Beiswanger, William L., Peter J. Hatch, Lucia C. Stanton and Susan R. Stein. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. University of Virginia Press, 2001.

Frary, I.T. Thomas Jefferson, Architect and Builder. Garrett and Massie, 1950.

Giordano, Ralph G. The Architectural Ideology of Thomas Jefferson. McFarland, 2012.

Guinness, Desmond, and Julius Trousdale Sadler, Jr. Mr. Jefferson, Architect. Viking Press, 1974.

Howard, Hugh. Houses of the Founding Fathers. Artisan, 2007.

—. Thomas Jefferson: Architect. Rizzoli, 2003.

Lautman, Robert. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello: A Photographic Portrait. Monacelli Press, 1997.

Lay, K. Edward. The Architecture of Jefferson Country: Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia. University of Virginia Press, 2000.

Leepson, Marc. Saving Monticello: The Levy Family’s Epic Quest to Rescue the House that Jefferson Built. University of Virginia Press, 2003.

McLaughlin, Jack. Jefferson and Monticello: The Biography of a Builder. Holt, 1998.

Nichols, Frederick Doveton. Thomas Jefferson’s Architectural Drawings: With Commentary and a Check List. University of Virginia Press, 2011.

Stein, Susan R. The Worlds of Thomas Jefferson at Monticello. Harry N. Abrams, 1993.

Wills, Chuck. Thomas Jefferson: Architect: The Interactive Portfolio. Running Press, 2008.

Virginia Plantation Homes

Blackley, Pat. Virginia’s Historic Homes and Gardens. Voyageur Press, 2009.

Brodie, Steven, Leroy Phillips, James Waite, and Richard Yen. Carter’s Grove Drawings. The Historic Buildings Survey, U.S. National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior, 2007.

Carson, Cary, and Carl R. Lounsbery. The Chesapeake House: Architectural Investigation by Colonial Williamsburg. University of North Carolina Press, 2013.

Edwards Betsy Wells. Virginia Country: Inside the Private Historic Homes of the Old Dominion. Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1998.

Gleason, David King. Virginia Plantation Homes. Louisiana State University Press, 1989.

—. Plantation Homes of Virginia. Portfolio XVII. Private commission of limited edition photographic prints. No. 914 of 1100 copies. (Author’s personal collection)

Green, Bryan Clark, Carter Loth, and William M.S. Rasmussen. Lost Virginia: Vanished Architecture of the Old Dominion. Howell Press, 2001.

Masson, Kathryn. Historic Houses of Virginia. Rizzoli, 2006.

Roberts, Bruce. Plantation Homes of the James River. University of North Carolina Press, 1990.

Wenger, Mark R. Carter’s Grove: The Story of a Virginia Plantation. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1994.