Jon Meacham book signing

  • on 8 Dec 2012
  • University Bookstore

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham, C’91, H’10, will sign books Dec. 8 at the University Bookstore. His newest book, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, was released Nov. 13. Drawing on original research—papers that are still being made public today—Meacham presents in this book a new portrait of a president who is perhaps the most overexposed and least understood.

Thomas Jefferson, Meacham argues, was a man of genius and contradiction, embodying both the promise and the shortcomings of the American experiment. Meacham gives us Jefferson the human being and the politician, a Renaissance figure who led a nation through ferocious partisanship and cultural warfare in an age of economic change and external threat.

“A true triumph. In addition to being a brilliant biography, this book is a guide to the use of power.”—Walter Isaacson

“This is probably the best single-volume biography of Jefferson ever written; it is certainly the most readable.”—Gordon Wood

“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

Jon Meacham received the Pulitzer Prize for American Lion, his bestselling 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson. He is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Franklin and Winston and American Gospel. Executive editor and executive vice president of Random House, Meacham is a contributing editor to Time magazine, a former editor of Newsweek, and has written for The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other publications. He is a regular contributor on Meet the Press, Morning Joe, and Charlie Rose, and is the editor at large of WNET, the New York public television station.