Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

The Art of Power

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In this magnificent biography, Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the bestsellers American Lion and Franklin and Winston, gives us an intimate portrait of Thomas Jefferson, the human being, the president, the politician, enabling us to understand Jefferson as never before. "A true triumph. In addition to being a brilliant biography, Thomas Jefferson is a guide to the art of power . . . a fascinating look at how Jefferson wielded his driving desire for power and control." (Walter Isaacson)The father of the ideal of individual liberty, of the Louisiana Purchase, of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and of the settling of the West, Jefferson recognized that the genius of humanity-and the genius of the new nation-lay in the possibility of progress, of discovering the undiscovered and seeking the unknown. Flawed, contradictory, elusive, Jefferson was at heart a man engaged in the wars of his times. "Jon Meacham understands Thomas Jefferson. . . . It is no small task to capture so capacious a life in one volume. Meacham has succeeded, giving us a rich presentation of our third president's life and times. This is an extraordinary work." (Annette Gordon-Reed)Jefferson's story resonates today, not least because he embodies an eternal drama: the struggle of a leadership of a nation to achieve greatness in a difficult and confounding world. "This is possibly the best single-volume biography of Jefferson ever written." (Gordon S. Wood)
Publisher: Solon, Ohio : [Manufactured and distributed by] Findaway World, LLC, [2012].
ISBN: 9781467630498
1467630497
Branch Call Number: B JEFFERSON
Characteristics: 1 sound media player (ca. 19 hr.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.

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Aug 27, 2016

E Herrmann has a perfect voice, timing & delivery for audio books, what a loss at his passing. Jon Meacham is one of the best historians, however, this particular person of Jefferson a puzzle, contrary in his views, rather a bigot. There was little in his life I found to respect, certainly only agreeing on few ideas. Jefferson refers to much on his plantation as being his 'work', what a laugh. He had untold slave labor to gratify his every desire (pun intended.) I found him vain to the extreme, insecure, attention seeking & the great need to be recognized as brilliant, if not just approved by the public. Guess that makes him a very normal human & politician.

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