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NOLABeau

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  • Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Jon Meacham
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    (1083)
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    (931)
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    (923)

    In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson’s genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.

    Darwin8u says: "A Man and Biography Relevant to Our Day"
    "Jefferson revisited"
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    Where does Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've read over forty plus books on Jefferson over the years and his life still fascinates me as a revelation of genius and humanity in all its aspects. Meacham continues the story with additional information on the Hemmings issue as well as other revelations from his research. I appreciate Meacham's shared assessments of Jefferson from Jefferson's own time as well as his fair and humane contemporary view. After heroic presentations and adulations of Jefferson by devotees over so many years, perhaps from the recent scholarship of Meacham and others concerning the darker side of his humanity, we actually see Jefferson in more chiaroscuro renderings, who still towers above so many in history despite the human failings, contradictions not uncommon to many of men of his time or now.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His descriptions of the reconciliation of Adams and Jefferson as well as his moving depictions of Jefferson's final hours.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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