December 06, 2016 Articles

Book Review: Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

An adoring portrait of a highly conflicted man.

By Dennis Owens – December 6, 2016

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

By Jon Meacham

Random House

(2012)

Jon Meacham won the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Andrew Jackson, American Lion (2008).

The foundation stone of the study of Thomas Jefferson is the six-volume Jefferson and His Time, by Dumas Malone. Other sources include Merrill Peterson’s massive Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation and Conor Cruise O’Brien’s remarkable The Long Affair: Thomas Jefferson and the French Revolution. We published a review of O’Brien’s book in the March 1997 issue of the Appellate Practice Journal.

 

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