Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of PowerThomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

in an interesting analysis of Jefferson as a man comfortable exercising political, positional and personal power to achieve his desired ends, Meacham proves himself to be a Jefferson advocate if not apologist. He takes Jefferson’s version of events, giving him credit for the meeting that led to a vital compromise on the new nation taking on the debts of the states, for the Monroe Doctrine, etc. While I do not entirely agree with this stance, I do agree that this biography is a worth addition to the many available seeking to better understand America’s most enigmatic president.

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