Thomas Jefferson's story is our story. Growth comes through opposition. The world is a better place when contending views are respected and considered. Washington and Hamilton were right. Jefferson and Madison were right. Adams was right. And, we have the United States to show for it.
I would have liked a greater effort to assess the meaning of Jefferson's many contradictions.
This book did little to shine a new light on Jefferson, but I found Herrmann's reading of Meacham's writing kept me engaged the entire book. The story of Thomas Jefferson is something every American should study. We are all products both good and bad of his America.
Enjoyed this book immensely. Wonderful portrait of this complex man. Clear and straight forward. Author did not appear to have an agenda. Helped me to better understand this important period of our history. Narration was superlative. No negatives.
This biography covers the breath of Jefferson's life in detail, as long as you gloss the Hemming assault and slavery as the time he lived, his cowardice as a governor as simply leaving the city, and his extreme insensitivity to the French citizens as they revolted while he ate cake in their midst as statesmanship. He was renowned for his insatiable pursuit of married women and his arrogance around the battles for independence (he never fought in any battle, preferring Louis XIV). He ran on the stance of less government intervention and yet his presidency moved to empower central government and the executive branch further than any other president. Yet he maintained a hatred for the Federalist. He never acknowledged his children, keeping them slaves with a brutal overseer, yet this biography glosses over this as part of his greatness as a statesman, speaking of his love for his gardens, enormous home and building of the University of Virginia, all accomplished on the backs of slave labor. The last two chapters were laughable in their worship of a very flawed, arrogant, elitist. Narration was very good and clear, however.
More of a Cliff Notes version of Jefferson. The author glosses over Jeffersons governorship and presidency. The author fails to really dig deep and try to get the reader to understand why Jefferson is a great President. He glosses over Jeffersons fight with the Federalists and his fear of a new monarchy. Reading the book you get a good broad overview of Jefferson. If you are looking for an in-depth analysis of Jefferson, this is not the book. If you were looking for a book that talks about how Jefferson viewed and used power, as the title suggests, this is not the book. Ron Chernow's book "Alexander Hamilton" did more to provide insight into Jeffersons thinking in this book.
This is one of the best book anyone - Male or female, student or worker, businessman or worker, can and should read or listen. The story was so captivating, it was hard to put it away.
Amazing man he was, with flaws and virtues of a common man. But with extraordinary qualities.
Would listen again.
This was more a political look at Jefferson than I wanted. the author himself stated that Jefferson's life was much more then just his politics. I wanted to get a more in-depth look at his science and philosophy and home life and this just really didn't do that.
the story of Jefferson is told interestingly and thoroughly from thorough research. The epilogue is excellent. We would like more summary and evaluation as the story unfolds. what happens when a certain action is taken. why was that action taken.