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Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power Audiobook

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Thomas Jefferson hated confrontation, and yet his understanding of power and of human nature enabled him to move men and to marshal ideas, to learn from his mistakes, and to prevail. Passionate about many things - women, his family, books, science, architecture, gardens, friends, Monticello, and Paris - Jefferson loved America most, and he strove over and over again, despite fierce opposition, to realize his vision: the creation, survival, and success of popular government in America. Jon Meacham lets us see Jefferson’s world as Jefferson himself saw it, and to appreciate how Jefferson found the means to endure and win in the face of rife partisan division, economic uncertainty, and external threat. Drawing on archives in the United States, England, and France, as well as unpublished Jefferson presidential papers, Meacham presents Jefferson as the most successful political leader of the early republic, and perhaps in all of American history.

The father of the ideal of individual liberty, of the Louisiana Purchase, of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and of the settling of the West, Jefferson recognized that the genius of humanity - and the genius of the new nation - lay in the possibility of progress, of discovering the undiscovered and seeking the unknown. From the writing of the Declaration of Independence to elegant dinners in Paris and in the President’s House; from political maneuverings in the boardinghouses and legislative halls of Philadelphia and New York to the infant capital on the Potomac; from his complicated life at Monticello, his breathtaking house and plantation in Virginia, to the creation of the University of Virginia, Jefferson was central to the age. Here too is the personal Jefferson, a man of appetite, sensuality, and passion.

The Jefferson story resonates today not least because he led his nation through ferocious partisanship and cultural warfare amid economic change and external threats, and also because he embodies an eternal drama, the struggle of the leadership of a nation to achieve greatness in a difficult and confounding world.

©2012 Jon Meacham (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Jon Meacham resolves the bundle of contradictions that was Thomas Jefferson by probing his love of progress and thirst for power. This is a thrilling and affecting portrait of our first philosopher-politician." (Stacy Schiff)

"This terrific book allows us to see the political genius of Thomas Jefferson better than we have ever seen it before. In these endlessly fascinating pages, Jefferson emerges with such vitality that it seems as if he might still be alive today." (Doris Kearns Goodwin)

"Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power is a true triumph, a brilliant biography. Jon Meacham shows how Jefferson's deft ability to compromise and improvise made him a transformational leader. We think of Jefferson as the embodiment of noble ideals, as he was, but Meacham shows that he was a practical politician more than a moral theorist. The result is a fascinating look at how Jefferson wielded his driving desire for power and control." (Walter Isaacson)

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    Josh 04-16-16
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    An excellently written biography and fascinating to listen to. Thematic as well as historical, it paints a wonderfully nuanced picture of the authentic Jefferson.

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    Dr. Rob Augusta, GA 03-31-16
    Dr. Rob Augusta, GA 03-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Balancing to Other Biographies"

    I've read/listened to biographies on Adams, Washington, and Hamilton, and each painted a negative picture of Jefferson. While this may err in the other direction, it is good to hear both sides of the discussion on one of our most important leaders. Meacham does attempt balance; he's not totally one-sided on TJ, so this is not propaganda, it's still good history. Well-written and narrated, it is worth the time.

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    moo NEW YORK, NY, United States 03-18-16
    moo NEW YORK, NY, United States 03-18-16 Member Since 2005
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    "Not my type of biography"

    If you are strictly looking for information given to you in a straightforward manner without any attempt to entertain the reader, then you will probably like it, but I like bios with some sense of tone, mood and basic writing craft. The author seems to often just regurgitate information with very little regard to order, organizational structure or storytelling that might please the reader.

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    David 03-16-16
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    I was looking for a biography. This was more of a gloss over of many phases of Jefferson's life.

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    David 03-10-16
    David 03-10-16 Member Since 2015
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    "waste of time"

    Spent way too much time discussing his personal relationships and affairs. I turned it off when he described the physical attributes of a woman he encountered in France. The story of one of the most important people in the history of the world does not need to be spiced up with useless tidbits.

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    bill gallion 02-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "inspirational"

    expressed the humanity of Me Jefferson, and those that started our nation, makes it believe able

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    scott maxwell 01-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    alot of detail on his belongings, wish it would have been more detailed on historical facts.

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    Rev Casey Illinois 01-10-16
    Rev Casey Illinois 01-10-16

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    "Great performance, good author, paradoxical man"

    Great performance, good author, paradoxical man. Really enjoyed the reader. Author is not quite as strong as McCullough or Chernow

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    James 01-02-16
    James 01-02-16 Member Since 2016

    Addicted to reading traditional books. Overwhelmed by backlog of books to read. If it's early Americana then I want it.

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    Books, such as this, should be required curriculum in schools. I very much enjoyed this audio book.

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    "The wonder of Jefferson"

    This was a wonderful book and a delight to listen. Meacham has written a glorious picture into the life of one of America's greatest icons and given restoration to his just work and deeds.

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