I loved the insights into Jefferson's life, but the story telling left much to be desired. It was easy to put this down, and forget you were reading it. Unlike JOHN ADAMS, which I found riveting, this writing did not keep me engaged. However, it is well worth reading to learn more about a fascinating man, who's personality and choices live in our daily lives because of the impact he made to the country. The author, with his resources, could have done a much better job. I felt like he read kept reading through his notes and said, "Oh, I forgot to add this, so I'll pop it in here."
This book was far more honest and realistic then I anticipated. The truth and clarity is outstanding. I have learned many fascinating details not to mention a great deal of guidance which I believe can be extracted from this book. If there were ever a time to read a book on Jefferson, it would be in these modern times. It was fascinating to learn what went on inside this mans head. I feel small knowing his immense mental power and craft. I cannot see such a mind fashioned as he was, and as were so many of his contemporaries coming to pass in these ages. Are we ever to know another great mind such as Jefferson again? Listen to this book I never once shut it off for any other reason then I had to. I promise, it is absolutely engulfing and frankly, one of the most interesting books I've bought in a long time.
Edward Hermann was the perfect narrator. It truly is a top of the line book and Edward Hermann makes it incredibly pleasant to listen to for hours at a time.
Jefferson no doubt
This is one of the best Narrators of our time. No doubt on historical topics as he is the man for the History Channel.
Thomas Jefferson, the man America needed then and now.
A democratic Republic is not a spectators sport, it requires participation all the time.
Skilled, Brilliance Honesty
How impassioned he was.
A richness of details.
His integrity was the cornerstone of the republic.
In an age when most media fail to supply any depth to issues, this book defies that trend. Whether you love Jefferson -- or hate him -- it is important to understand his life in the context of his time.
The story of the Jefferson--a very interesting person, politician and more
The story of Thomas Jefferson and the writing of Meacham compare to the best fiction I have read. The story of Jefferson is as interesting as the best fiction. I have not read another non-fiction that can compare to Thomas Jefferson
Too many to list.
Should be required reading for high school US history students.
This was a very balanced and enjoyable. The book was of those that make you feel part of the time, yet give you the distanced perspective. The readers style was very enjoyable.
Ranked in the top quarter of my audio books this year.
I don't recall a variety of voices in this performance, Thomas was the focus.
I came for the knowledge of Jefferson and felt I received a great deal of that here.
Perhaps undeserving of the reverence heretofore granted this founding father.
This book, combined with a recent article in "Smithsonian," has dethroned this former hero of mine. Jefferson is revealed as a duplicitious schemer, rabid partisan and bigot. His performance as president seems lackluster, with his crowning achievement, the Lousiana Purchase, having fallen in his lap.
I learned a lot about this time period and Thomas Jefferson's contribution to the creation of the United States, but I think this book could have been condensed several hours at a minimum. Not sure if an abridged version exists, but would recommend it.
It is amazing how advanced America was 200 years ago compared to now.
His overall knowledge and wisdom.
Each and every one.
Interesting, Fair, Insightful
I really liked that Meacham was fair to Jefferson's rivals and didn't trash their reputations to make Jefferson look better. Nor did he make Jefferson out to be a glowing hero. Jefferson had flaws and was human, and Meacham helped highlight his greatness without glossing over his mistakes.
This might sound macabre, but it was the scene he lost his wife. It evoked the most emotion and helped to show that in spite of this horrible heartbreak, he went on to do these great things. Rather than grow bitter, he healed and went on to live a long full life.
I rarely cry at books, so no crying, but I laughed several times.
I hope HBO makes a TV show like they did on John Adams with this biography. It was wonderful and thorough without being dry. I felt Jon Meacham fairly represented all the men whose lives were interwoven with Jefferson's, which I've found is pretty rare in a biography. Most people write a biography with a clear bias towards their subject, and their rivals are presented as the villain of the story. I read this after studying Alexander Hamilton and I wanted a better understanding of Thomas Jefferson, who hadn't been painted in the most flattering light. I cringed coming onto the chapters about Hamilton, expected he'd be portrayed pretty harshly, but was pleasantly surprised to find that Jefferson's biographer not only presented him fairly and explained his positions as I'd learned them, but was careful to point out Jefferson's actions/political positions that led to their falling out.I got a much better understanding of Thomas Jefferson, and, while I still find some of his actions hypocritical regarding his views on liberty and slave owning, Meacham reminds readers that Jefferson was a human being who did what he could in the time he lived.