The man, Jefferson is fascinating. His words, his thoughts, his life. All just amazing. The book is extremely well written, full of perfect quotes and snippets of the mans life.
The history. Our history, and the creation of this country. Rich with import and bearing on today's society.
Not sure... but Herrmann did a wonderful job. Great voice; perfect for this type of historical biography.
The same as the book title. Or Thomas Jefferson: Words of Freedom.
One of my favoirte audiobooks thus far. A perfect combination of great story and the perfect narrator.
It was very full of facts, some of which made the reading difficult.
It has made me want to learn more about the early history of the country.
Eclectic, Bright, politician
the story of his entire life.
very easy to listen to.
Meacham's work in this book is magnificent.
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.