Halfway through and enjoying this book. It's amazing to learn so much about a guy -- that we learned so much about in school--- but really, we learned very little. Make any sense? Well, I've learned more about Jefferson and the revolution from this book then I remember l
"learning" in school. So, good read, time well spent. Readers and story get 2 thumbs up from me.
I work. I ski. I play. I write. I have a family. I garden. I coach. I volunteer. I sketch. I run. I read.
This book is well written and the narrator does a good job. I have listened to a biography of John Adams, which I also enjoyed. This work helps to describe the pace and volatility of the American Revolution. The accounts of his gardens, library, art collections, written word, sportsmanship, contradictions, humanity, slave holding, desires, leadership, etc, etc, etc, are more than I expected.
I've read a few Jefferson biographies before this one (American Sphinx by Joseph Ellis) and books that chronicle Jefferson's times. I learned a lot of new things in Meacham's work, and feel like I have a better understanding of Jefferson as a person, and some of the factors and experiences that movitated the decisions he made. Plus Edward Hermann is fantastic.
For those who have already read several Jefferson biographies you can skip to the last three chapters. I don't think this book is as good as the Brodie biography. The last three chapters are interesting because they discuss the inconsistencies between Jefferson's beliefs vis a vis slavery, and his life as a committed slave owner.
Gave me an insight into the life and times of our founding fathers. A critical book for those interested in how our nation was born.,
Well told storytelling of Jefferson's political career. Meacham does a great job of presenting a nuanced, balanced view of Jefferson and his political views.
The Art of Power has definitively left me with a more favorable and appreciative view of Jefferson than I had reading some other authors.
I want Edward Herrmann to read to me every night...
Close to the top. The Rise & Fall of the 3rd Reich still ranks at the top of history books I've listened to so far. This is a very strong contender.
Handling of Jefferson's Inconsistency in dealing with slavery.
He was easy to listen to. However,after listening to Meacham's delivery of the afterward, I found myself thinking that it would have be great if he narrated the book himself.
No, other than feeling that I had learned a lot, much of it explains many of the political divisions that characterize politics today, and things look pretty tame now compared to Jefferson's era..
Meacham's coverage of this character and the period taught more than any history course I had in school.
Great insight on Thomas Jefferson. He goes deeply into the worls and mind of our President and revolutionary leader.
a top 5 biography. much better than his Jackson bio. maybe the best one volume TJ bio
the author's insights into Jefferson's personality and political methods. Also, his analysis of TJ's emotions
his discussions with G Washington during the battles with Hamilton and the Monarchists. He operated in a smooth effective manner,unlike our current leaders.
no. this is a book to read and reread,then go back and study many sections,such as chapter 34.
a great author
I LOVE history books, I love books about American history and I've read numerous books about the Revolutionary War and our Founding Fathers. This is perhaps the dullest one I've come across. It starts off well with a sweeping intro that gives the book a great feel as if you're about to read something great and then once you're a few hours in the author is just retelling stories about Jefferson trying to hook up with some ladies - and it's not even interesting since nothing comes of it. Then the author moves on to something of mild interest and then it's back to more gossip about Jefferson trying to hook up. The worst part of this is that once again it's just not interesting, it's not scandalous, it doesn't move the story along, it's just dull.
Anyways those looking for a great Jefferson book you can safely pass this by, this book got a ton of hype and I have no idea why. It's not awful by any means it's just that there are so many great books out there about Jefferson that there is very little reason to visit this one.
On a positive note the reader does a great job as always.