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.
Not a mainstream reader.
When I think about Thomas Jefferson, I think of a great man. George Washington was our first president, but Thomas Jefferson established the foundation for the country. His vision of America was ahead of his time and writing the Declaration of Independence is just impressive, but his life outside of the White House was most interesting. His kindness to his relationships and to his grandchildren was most touching. His work before and after he became the third President of the United States, is any public figures dream, but instead boosting his public image, Jefferson was a humble man. Instead of getting a personal gain, Jefferson wanted to see progress for the nation and died in debt. Thomas Jefferson biography by Jon Meacham is excellent from birth till death. It is one of the best history books that I've read, second to David McCullough.
Yes ... and no. Apologetic pro Jefferson book. Whitewashes faults ... skips over major negatives. Unnecessarily denigrates Jefferson opponents. Otherwise interesting.
Not bad ... but apologetic biography. Very critical of Jefferson enemies including Washington while it downplays Jefferson's contributions to negative campaigning and "dirty tricks". He was a great man with big flaws ... this book misses the second part. Most of the negatives are explained away.
I'm a writer of everything from children's picture books to fiction to memoir. I usually listen to nonfiction, mostly history, on Audible simply because I prefer to read novels on the page. The only exception to that rule is short stories and I'm partial to the Selected Shorts Anthologies.
I like the way Jon Meacham approaches such a towering figure, warts and all. Jefferson was a more politically wily character than I knew. It's also oddly comforting that in 1800, the Congress was just as dysfunctional as it is today and yet, somehow, our fledgling democracy survived. Ed Herrmann does an excellent job narrating as always.
Down the road yes. There is still a lot of period books I need to read first.
Although I got a much better understanding of the man, the view of our emerging notion was not as clear as "Washington: A Life".