NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review ac The Washington Post ac Entertainment Weekly ac The Seattle Times ac St. Louis Post-Dispatch ac Bloomberg Businessweek In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prizeawinning 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. Jeffersonas 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 thingsawomen, his family, books, science, architecture, gardens, friends, Monticello, and ParisaJefferson 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 Jeffersonas 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 Drawing on archives in the United States, England, and France, as well as unpublished Jefferson presidential papers, Meacham presents Jefferson as the most successful political leader of the early republic, and perhaps in all of American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 humanityaand the genius of the new nationalay 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 Presidentas 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. Praise for Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power aThis is probably the best single-volume biography of Jefferson ever written.aaGordon S. Wood aA big, grand, absorbing exploration of not just Jefferson and his role in history but also Jefferson the man, humanized as never before.aaEntertainment Weekly a[Meacham] captures who Jefferson was, not just as a statesman but as a man. . . . By the end of the book . . . the reader is likely to feel as if he is losing a dear friend. . . . [An] absorbing tale.aaThe Christian Science Monitor aThis 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.aaDoris Kearns Goodwin From the Hardcover edition.NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review ac The Washington Post ac Entertainment Weekly ac The Seattle Times ac St. Louis Post-Dispatch ac Bloomberg Businessweek In this magnificent biography, the ...
|Title||:||Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power|
|Publisher||:||Random House - 2012-11-13|