Thomas Jefferson

The Art of Power
Author(s): Jon Meacham
Awards:2013-New York Times Bestseller
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Product Number: DD4045
Released: Nov 13, 2012
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ISBN: #9780739334614
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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review The Washington Post Entertainment Weekly The Seattle Times St. Louis Post-Dispatch Bloomberg Businessweek 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. Thomas 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 of rife partisan division, economic uncertainty, and external threat. Drawing on archives in the United States, England, and France, as well as unpublished Jefferson presidential papers, Meacham presents Jefferson as the most successful political leader of the early republic, and perhaps in all of American history. 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. From the writing of the Declaration of Independence to elegant dinners in Paris and in the President's House; from political maneuverings in the boardinghouses and legislative halls of Philadelphia and New York to the infant capital on the Potomac; from his complicated life at Monticello, his breathtaking house and plantation in Virginia, to the creation of the University of Virginia, Jefferson was central to the age. Here too is the personal Jefferson, a man of appetite, sensuality, and passion. The Jefferson story resonates today not least because he led his nation through ferocious partisanship and cultural warfare amid economic change and external threats, and also because he embodies an eternal drama, the struggle of the leadership of a nation to achieve greatness in a difficult and confounding world. Praise for Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power "This is probably the best single-volume biography of Jefferson ever written."-Gordon S. Wood "A big, grand, absorbing exploration of not just Jefferson and his role in history but also Jefferson the man, humanized as never before."-Entertainment Weekly "[Meacham] captures who Jefferson was, not just as a statesman but as a man...? By the end of the book...?he reader is likely to


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Thomas Jefferson
Product Number: BX00025103
Product Number:DD4045
Product Number:Z100026243

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Author(s): Jon Meacham
Product Number Z100026243
Released: Nov 13, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Books on Tape
ISBN: #9780449011348
Author(s): Jon Meacham
Product Number EB00164854
Released: Dec 29, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: #9780679645368

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"The ability to hold the listener's ear is the measure of every audio production, and it's exhibited at its finest in Edward Herrmann's skilled reading of Jon Meacham's biography of America's third president. Thomas Jefferson was a contradictory figure, to say the least, and Meacham's point-counterpoint narrative is brisk, enlightening, never dull. A riveting description of Jefferson's stay in Paris during the French Revolution is followed by a reflection on inconsistencies in his viewpoints over his lifetime. Herrmann matches each shift in narrative with a variation in tone and emphasis while maintaining a pace that would benefit an action thriller. While seeming to do nothing, he does everything well. His unaffected but dynamic, upbeat but effortless delivery achieves an immediacy and freshness especially rare in historical biographies. A superb match of subject, text, and narrator. D.A.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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