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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion presents a richly detailed portrait of the third President that considers his early life, roles as a Founding Father and considerable achievements as a master politician. (This book was previously listed in Forecast.) 250,000 first printing.
“Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power” guides us through the entire life, but without much color or drama. When Meacham offers revealing details — for instance illustrating Jefferson’s lifelong love of horses...the book comes alive, and Jefferson does too.Full Review
...Meacham fails his subtitle because the book fails to engage Jefferson as a nuts-and-bolts powerbroker...If the title of Meacham’s book had been “Thomas Jefferson: A Biography,” it would have been an unquestioned success.Full Review
...Meacham, despite his subtitle, accomplishes something more impressive than dissecting Jefferson’s political skills by explaining his greatness, a different task from chronicling a life, though he does that too — and handsomely.Full Review