Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson

The Art of Power

Book - 2012
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"Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" gives readers Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson's genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously, catapulting him into becoming the most successful political leader of the early republic, and perhaps in all of American history.
Publisher: New York : Random House, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781400067664
Characteristics: xxix, 759 , [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm


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Jun 25, 2019

Excellent audiobook and reader. This biography was engaging and interesting. Highly suggest this book.

Jun 19, 2019

I'll just say upfront, Jefferson's view on race and his self inflicted 'paralyzation" in addressing the slavery issue are disappointing, to be sure. Yes, he was a product of his time and place (slavery drenched Virginia), but it still stings to observe up close, especially for such a sophisticated man in so many other areas of his life..
That said, it was Jefferson who initiated the Lewis and Clark expedition westward. and it was during his term that the Louisiana Purchase occurred.
Jefferson was flawed, for sure, but his tenure was a peaceful and successful one for the country.
This unabridged biography was very well done and I recommend it to anyone interested in learning more about our 3rd President. He was truly an intriguing man. I listened to the audio book format. It was very well read. Recommended.

May 21, 2018

In large print, it's a massive 1,334 pages, and weighs about the same as a large brick. Not readily manageable by the typical person who might need large print when reading.

This suggests it needs less words (author take note) or two-volume formatting (publisher take note).

Either way, readers should be aware of its challenging mass.

Jul 27, 2017

I found the book lacking in insight. There is far more to be known about Jefferson than is revealed in this book. To understand Jefferson better you need to appreciate the extent of the hypocrisy that defined him. As a companion to this book I would suggest Annette Gordon-Reed's book "The Heminges of Monticello" and of course Ron Chernow's classic "Alexander Hamilton". Jefferson is apparently recognized as the primary author of the Declaration of Independence. If so that was probably the high water mark for this overrated American president.

Feb 03, 2017

Excellent biography of Jefferson and his times. Couldn't put it down!

Feb 02, 2017

Y'all have no idea how boring this book is.

Jul 27, 2016

An interesting narrative with an epistolary contingent that is very readable. An excellent biography. Worth reading if you are interested.

Nov 21, 2014

I cannot imagine a better biography of Jefferson. It's very readable, and well worth your time.

Oct 19, 2013

I've been trying for 30-45 minutes to renew Thomas Jefferson and going in circles .I've done this before with no problem. What's with this crappy system?

Dec 28, 2012

Hard to imagine that a biography of a historical figure could be considered a page turner, but I really had a hard time putting this book down. This is a well written, fascinating account of this very influential man's life.


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