Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

The Art of Power

Book - 2012
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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 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. amp;#160; homas Jefferson hated confrontation, and yet his understanding of power and of human nature enabled him to move men and to marshal ideas, to learn from his mistakes, and to prevail. Passionate about many things--women, his family, books, science, architecture, gardens, friends, Monticello, and Paris--Jefferson loved America most, and he strove over and over again, despite fierce opposition, to realize his vision- the creation, survival, and success of popular government in America. Jon Meacham lets us see Jefferson's world as Jefferson himself saw it, and to appreciate how Jefferson found the means to endure and win in the face
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400067664
Characteristics: xxix, 759 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm.


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May 21, 2018

In large print, it's a massive 1,334 pages, and weighs about the same as a large brick. Not readily manageable by the typical person who might need large print when reading.

This suggests it needs less words (author take note) or two-volume formatting (publisher take note).

Either way, readers should be aware of its challenging mass.

Jul 27, 2017

I found the book lacking in insight. There is far more to be known about Jefferson than is revealed in this book. To understand Jefferson better you need appreciate the extent of the hypocrisy that defined him. As a companion to this book I would suggest Annette Gordon-Reed's book "The Heminges of Monticello" and of course Ron Chernow's classic "Alexander Hamilton. Jefferson is apparently recognized as the primary author of the Declaration of Independence. If so that was probably the high water mark for this overrated American patriot.

Feb 03, 2017

Excellent biography of Jefferson and his times. Couldn't put it down!

Feb 02, 2017

Y'all have no idea how boring this book is.

Jul 27, 2016

An interesting narrative with an epistolary contingent that is very readable. An excellent biography. Worth reading if you are interested.

Nov 21, 2014

I cannot imagine a better biography of Jefferson. It's very readable, and well worth your time.

Oct 19, 2013

I've been trying for 30-45 minutes to renew Thomas Jefferson and going in circles .I've done this before with no problem. What's with this crappy system?

Dec 28, 2012

Hard to imagine that a biography of a historical figure could be considered a page turner, but I really had a hard time putting this book down. This is a well written, fascinating account of this very influential man's life.


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