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The Art of Power: Advance Review

Updated on September 11, 2014

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A Jon Meacham biography of Thomas Jefferson

This is an excellent full biography of Thomas Jefferson, drafter of the Declaration of Independence, third President of the USA, and founder of the University of Virginia - a founding father of the USA. He was responsible for the Louisiana Purchase which doubles the size of the United States and sent Lewis and Clark on their expedition to the Pacific coast - and back.

This treatment is largely based on original documents, letters, journals and other contemporaneous writings. It provides many new insights into this very complex man who played such a big role in the founding and growth of the United States.

My review is based on an Advance Readers copy received as part of the LibraryThing Advance Reader Program.

Publication date is November 12, 2012.

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Have you read another Jefferson biography?

Each biography I read adds new information to my understanding of the subject. Do you agree?

Have you read another Jefferson biography?

A little about Jon Meachem

Jon Meachem is an American writer, journalist and editor. A former Editor-in-Cheif of Newsweek, he has also served as a contributing editor of Time magazine. I've enjoy seeing him on television show I admire, over the years. He earned the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Andrew Jackson.

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Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

This is an outstanding biography about a very complex person by a well-qualified author with experience writing this level of work. I have read extensively about Jefferson in several books about him and about those around him - this treatment adds many new insights, based on the actual letters and other writings of the day - based on Meacham's review of original sources.

The book is easy to read and understand. It is long, but very well organized in a meaningful coverage of Jefferson's long life and career as one of the founding fathers of the United States of America.


Monticello, Jefferson's home, from the west lawn

Monticello, Jefferson's home, from the west lawn
Monticello, Jefferson's home, from the west lawn

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @WriterJanis2: It is, for sure! ;-)

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      Sounds like a great historical book.