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. ...
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 Drawing on archives in the United States, England, and France, as well as unpublished Jefferson presidential papers, Meacham presents Jefferson as the most successful political leader of the early republic, and perhaps in all of American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. Advance praise for "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" "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
New in fine dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 800 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. First Edition. Full Number Line. Textured dust jacket. No book plate or other personal dedications. Tight binding. No creases or dog-eared pages. No highlighting or pencil/pen markings. No remainder mark. Not ex-library. Looks good as new. Deckle edged.
Fine in fine dust jacket. Signed by author. Fine/Fine Review Copy w/PR laid in. Signed and inscribed by author "To Donna & Ted." Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 759 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade.
Fine in Fine jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed & Dated by Author First edition, first prnt. Prologue. Epilogue. Author's Note. Notes. Index. Bibliography. Maps and color illustrations. Signed and dated "12.9.2012 New York" by Meacham on the title page. Illustrated booksigning event flyer laid-in. Unread copy in Fine condition in a Fine dustjacket with an archival cover. Image of actual book; not a stiock photo.
Very good in very good dust jacket. Signed by author. Genius of Jefferson Experience ephemera laid in. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. xxix, , 759,  p. Illustrations. Map. Illustrated endpapers. Author's Note. Notes. Bibliography. Index. From Wikipedia: "Jon Ellis Meacham (born May 20, 1969) is executive editor and executive vice president at Random House. He is a former editor-in-chief of Newsweek, a contributing editor to Time Magazine, editor-at-large of WNET, and a commentator on politics, history, and religious faith in America. He won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for his work American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House."
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