Jon Meacham in conversation with David Brooks at BEA
“This is probably the best single-volume biography of Jefferson ever written; it is certainly the most readable.”
-Gordon Wood, author of The Radicalism of the American Revolution
“With thorough and up-to-date research, elegant writing, deep insight, and an open mind, he brings Jefferson, the most talented politician of his generation-and one of the most talented in our nation’s history-into full view. It is no small task to capture so capacious a life in one volume.”
-Annette Gordon-Reed, author of The Hemingses of Monticello
Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, will appear at BEA on Wednesday, June 6 from 11:00 am- 12:00 pm in conversation with David Brooks.
Jon Meacham paints a vividly human portrait of the most complex of American presidents. Drawing on archives in America, the United Kingdom and France, as well as the unpublished Jefferson papers, Meacham recovers the amazing, charming, and engaging Jefferson who has been so long obscured by competing caricatures. More than any other powerful early American, 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. Flawed, contradictory, elusive, Jefferson was at heart a politician, a man engaged in the wars of his times. This is a one-volume life of perhaps the most famous but little-understood Founder, a book that takes Jefferson all in all. Slavemaster and sage, hypocrite and hero, Jefferson was quintessentially human yet transcended his limitations to become the father of a tradition of liberty that has gradually but unmistakably extended around the globe.
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, goes on sale November 2012.