Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Jon Meacham
973.46 MEA


Reviewed by
Clint Alley, Assistant Library Director


Few of our nation's presidents have been as brilliant--or as complicated--as Thomas Jefferson. 

Jon Meacham's Pulitzer-winner Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power captures the essence of the third president's brilliant but sometimes passive-aggressive approach to leadership (Jefferson hated direct confrontation), and explores the statesman's often-contradictory and complex political philosophies in a relatable and understandable way.

Meacham's well-deserved reputation as a storyteller is on full display in Art of Power. By the end, I found myself mourning alongside the nation at news of Jefferson's passing, and I gained a new appreciation for the brilliance of the man and for the complexities of his political philosophy.


Excellent fare for the layman and the student of history, alike, The Art of Power offers an honest and fascinating look at the life of one of America's most intriguing founding fathers.