Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
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That quotation, included by Jon Meacham in his enthralling biography of Jefferson, gives a measure of the man, and the man fully deserves such a biography. Not that it’s a simple ha...more
“Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power” is author Jon Meacham’s fifth and most recent book, having been published in late 2012. Meacham received the Pulitzer Prize for his 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson, and has also written about Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill as well as the civil rights movement and the influence of religion in American politics.
“The Art of Power” is by a significant margin the most popular and widely-read Jefferson biography av...more
Meacham points out that "nearly two decades of highly acclaimed biographies of John Adams, of Alexander Hamilton, and of Geor...more
It all changed with Jefferson; and by the time his...more
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In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his er
Little interests me more than the process of historiography – i.e., the study of historical writing, and the ways in which interpretations of the past change depending on the individual historian. Books about Jefferson provide a great opportunity to see historiography at work!
What historians choose to focus on regarding Jefferson has implications for our n...more
My heart loves fiction shoot’em ups. My head makes me read nonfiction. I slogged through this well-searched biography of Jefferson (TJ), who I admire and respect. When I was about to write this short review I looked at Wikipedia. It said it all about him. That made me thinks, “Why didn’t I spend 10 minutes on Wikipedia and have hours more for non fiction? “ Great question. No good answer.
The book should have been trimmed by 1/3. Too many quotes from Jefferson’s papers. I found it often repetitiv...more
In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.
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I once reviewed Ellis book, "American Sphinx," a biography of Thomas Jefferson. At one point I mentioned Ellis' perspective:
"Thomas Jefferson, according to the author, was an American Sphinx. And, indeed, there is an elusive quality to Jefferson. As the biography outlines, he could be as vicious a political assassin as there was (e.g., his at...more
Glad I did. The author managed to do what none of my prior history instructors were able to do-make history interesting and informative. Of course I assume all responsibility for my lack of interest and progress in the subject matter.
The book is scholarly, yet interesting and easy to read. Because...more
Jefferson was a keen politician. No one should forget that. He fought nasty battles with Hamilton and Adams as the young nation became a realit...more
Jon Meacham's prose held me spellbound.
Jefferson truly did understand and practice the fine art of power as it applied to himself and other politicians, leaders,journalists, family, and others of his era. This book illustrates his savvy use of power, often subtle, numerous times as it delves into the mind of Jefferson--his thought process, his choices, and his rationale. As a writer, I can't help but be envious of his ability to author the...more
Meacham paints a picture of Jefferson that extends far beyond the scope of history books, examining the details that truly made this president a leader in all that he did. By looking at Jefferson’s strategies, moral...more
Jefferson's personal life was equally interesting. His wife died young and extracted a promise...more