Jon Meacham

1 Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Author : Jon Meacham
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  United States 
Price :  $16.99
Release Date :  2012-11-13
Description :  <b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY</b><br /> <b><i>The New York Times Book Review • The Washington Post • Entertainment Weekly • The Seattle Times • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Bloomberg Businessweek</i></b><br /><br />In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of <i>American Lion</i> and <i>Franklin and Winston</i> brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. <i>Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power</i> gives us 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. Such is the art of power.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Thomas Jefferson hated confrontation, and yet his understanding of power and of human nature enabled him to move men and to marshal ideas, to learn from his mistakes, and to prevail. Passionate about many things—women, his family, books, science, architecture, gardens, friends, Monticello, and Paris—Jefferson loved America most, and he strove over and over again, despite fierce opposition, to realize his vision: the creation, survival, and success of popular government in America. Jon Meacham lets us see Jefferson’s world as Jefferson himself saw it, and to appreciate how Jefferson found the means to endure and win in the face of rife partisan division, economic uncertainty, and external threat. Drawing on archives in the United States, England, and France, as well as unpublished Jefferson presidential papers, Meacham presents Jefferson as the most successful political leader of the early republic, and perhaps in all of American history.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> The father of the ideal of individual liberty, of the Louisiana Purchase, of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and of the settling of the West, Jefferson recognized that the genius of humanity—and the genius of the new nation—lay in the possibility of progress, of discovering the undiscovered and seeking the unknown. From the writing of the Declaration of Independence to elegant dinners in Paris and in the President’s House; from political maneuverings in the boardinghouses and legislative halls of Philadelphia and New York to the infant capital on the Potomac; from his complicated life at Monticello, his breathtaking house and plantation in Virginia, to the creation of the University of Virginia, Jefferson was central to the age. Here too is the personal Jefferson, a man of appetite, sensuality, and passion.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> The Jefferson story resonates today not least because he led his nation through ferocious partisanship and cultural warfare amid economic change and external threats, and also because he embodies an eternal drama, the struggle of the leadership of a nation to achieve greatness in a difficult and confounding world.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power</i></b><br /> <b>&#xa0;</b><br /> “This is probably the best single-volume biography of Jefferson ever written.”<b>—Gordon S. Wood</b><br /> <i>&#xa0;</i><br /> “A big, grand, absorbing exploration of not just Jefferson and his role in history but also Jefferson the man, humanized as never before.”<b>—<i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /><br />“[Meacham] captures who Jefferson was, not just as a statesman but as a man. . . . By the end of the book . . . the reader is likely to feel as if he is losing a dear friend. . . . [An] absorbing tale.”<i><b>—The Christian Science Monitor</b></i><br /><br />“This terrific book allows us to see the political genius of Thomas Jefferson better than we have ever seen it before. In these endlessly fascinating pages, Jefferson emerges with such vitality that it seems as if he might still be alive today.”<b>—Doris Kearns Goodwin</b><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

2 Destiny and Power

Author : Jon Meacham
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  United States 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2015-11-10
Description :  <b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER •&#xa0;<b>NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE WASHINGTON POST </i>AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>The New York Times Book Review | Time | </i>NPR |&#xa0;<i>St. Louis Post-Dispatch</i></b><br /></b><br />In this brilliant biography, Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author, chronicles the life of George Herbert Walker Bush. Drawing on President Bush’s personal diaries, on the diaries of his wife, Barbara, and on extraordinary access to the forty-first president and his family, Meacham paints an intimate and surprising portrait of an intensely private man who led the nation through tumultuous times. From the Oval Office to Camp David, from his study in the private quarters of the White House to Air Force One, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the first Gulf War to the end of Communism, <i>Destiny and Power</i> charts the thoughts, decisions, and emotions of a modern president who may have been the last of his kind. This is the human story of a man who was, like the nation he led, at once noble and flawed.<br /><br /> His was one of the great American lives. Born into a loving, privileged, and competitive family, Bush joined the navy on his eighteenth birthday and at age twenty was shot down on a combat mission over the Pacific. He married young, started a family, and resisted pressure to go to Wall Street, striking out for the adventurous world of Texas oil. Over the course of three decades, Bush would rise from the chairmanship of his county Republican Party to serve as congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, head of the Republican National Committee, envoy to China, director of Central Intelligence, vice president under Ronald Reagan, and, finally, president of the United States. In retirement he became the first president since John Adams to see his son win the ultimate prize in American politics.<br /><br /> With access not only to the Bush diaries but, through extensive interviews, to the former president himself, Meacham presents Bush’s candid assessments of many of the critical figures of the age, ranging from Richard Nixon to Nancy Reagan; Mao to Mikhail Gorbachev; Dick Cheney to Donald Rumsfeld; Henry Kissinger to Bill Clinton. Here is high politics as it really is but as we rarely see it.<br /><br /> From the Pacific to the presidency, <i>Destiny and Power</i> charts the vicissitudes of the life of this quietly compelling American original. Meacham sheds new light on the rise of the right wing in the Republican Party, a shift that signaled the beginning of the end of the center in American politics. <i>Destiny and Power</i> is an affecting portrait of a man who, driven by destiny and by duty, forever sought, ultimately, to put the country first.<br /><br /> <b>Praise for <i>Destiny and Power<br /></i></b><br />“Should be required reading—if not for every presidential candidate, then for every president-elect.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br /> “Reflects the qualities of both subject and biographer: judicious, balanced, deliberative, with a deep appreciation of history and the personalities who shape it.”<b>—<i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><br /> “A fascinating biography of the forty-first president.”<b>—<i>The Dallas Morning News</i></b><br /><br /> “When we rank, reconsider, laud, or denounce past Presidents, living or dead, we are taking stock of our own times. In that sense, the vindication of George H. W. Bush is a reflection of what we know we’ve lost. Jon Meacham’s new biography of Bush, <i>Destiny and Power,</i> makes that plain from its very first pages.”<b>—<i>The New Yorker</i></b><br /><br /> “The story of the forty-first man to hold the office sheds light not only on the country we were, but the one we’ve become.”<b>—<i>Los Angeles Times</i></b><br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

3 American Lion

Author : Jon Meacham
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Politics & Current Events  History  United States 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2008-11-11
Description :  <b>The definitive biography of a larger-than-life president who defied norms, divided a nation, and changed Washington forever</b><br /><br />Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency. Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy. Jackson’s election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people, not distant elites, were the guiding force in American politics. Democracy made its stand in the Jackson years, and he gave voice to the hopes and the fears of a restless, changing nation facing challenging times at home and threats abroad. To tell the saga of Jackson’s presidency, acclaimed author Jon Meacham goes inside the Jackson White House. Drawing on newly discovered family letters and papers, he details the human drama–the family, the women, and the inner circle of advisers– that shaped Jackson’s private world through years of storm and victory.<br /><br /> One of our most significant yet dimly recalled presidents, Jackson was a battle-hardened warrior, the founder of the Democratic Party, and the architect of the presidency as we know it. His story is one of violence, sex, courage, and tragedy. With his powerful persona, his evident bravery, and his mystical connection to the people, Jackson moved the White House from the periphery of government to the center of national action, articulating a vision of change that challenged entrenched interests to heed the popular will– or face his formidable wrath. The greatest of the presidents who have followed Jackson in the White House–from Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt to FDR to Truman–have found inspiration in his example, and virtue in his vision.<br /><br /> Jackson was the most contradictory of men. The architect of the removal of Indians from their native lands, he was warmly sentimental and risked everything to give more power to ordinary citizens. He was, in short, a lot like his country: alternately kind and vicious, brilliant and blind; and a man who fought a lifelong war to keep the republic safe–no matter what it took.

4 Rosewater: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival

Author : Maziar Bahari, Aimee Molloy & Jon Meacham
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Politics & Current Events  History  Middle East 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2011-06-07
Description :  <b>NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE DIRECTED BY JON STEWART | Previously published as&#xa0;<i>Then They Came for Me</i><br /></b><br />When Maziar Bahari left London in June 2009 to cover Iran’s presidential election, he assured his pregnant fiancée, Paola, that he’d be back in just a few days, a week at most. Little did he know, as he kissed her good-bye, that he would spend the next three months in Iran’s most notorious prison, enduring brutal interrogation sessions at the hands of a man he knew only by his smell: Rosewater.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> For the Bahari family, wars, coups, and revolutions are not distant concepts but intimate realities they have suffered for generations: Maziar’s father was imprisoned by the shah in the 1950s, and his sister by Ayatollah Khomeini in the 1980s. Alone in his cell at Evin Prison, fearing the worst, Maziar draws strength from his memories of the courage of his father and sister in the face of torture, and hears their voices speaking to him across the years. He dreams of being with Paola in London, and imagines all that she and his rambunctious, resilient eighty-four-year-old mother must be doing to campaign for his release. During the worst of his encounters with Rosewater, he silently repeats the names of his loved ones, calling on their strength and love to protect him and praying he will be released in time for the birth of his first child.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> A riveting, heart-wrenching memoir, <i>Rosewater</i> offers insight into the past seventy years of regime change in Iran, as well as the future of a country where the democratic impulses of the youth continually clash with a government that becomes more totalitarian with each passing day. An intimate and fascinating account of contemporary Iran, it is also the moving and wonderfully written story of one family’s extraordinary courage in the face of repression.<br /> &#xa0;<br /><b>“I really connected to Maziar’s story. It’s a personal story but one with universal appeal about what it means to be free.”—Jon Stewart</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “An important and elegant book . . . a prison memoir enlarged into a family history.”<b>—<i>The New Republic</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Clear and compelling . . . engaging and informative—a gripping tribute to human dedication and a cogent indictment of a corrupt regime.”<b>—<i>Washington Independent Review of Books</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “[<i>Rosewater</i>] is not only a fascinating, human exploration into Bahari’s personal experience . . . it also provides insight into the shared experience of those affected by repressive governments everywhere.”<b>—<i>Mother Jones<br /></i></b><br />“A damning account . . . [<i>Rosewater</i>]&#xa0;turns a lens not only on Iran’s surreal justice system but on the history and culture that helped produce it.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br />“[<i>Rosewater</i>]&#xa0;is a unique achievement. It is a story not just of political cruelty (a subject Bahari treats movingly), but also about the two poles of Iranian political culture, bent together in upheaval.”<b>—<i>The Guardian </i>(UK)</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “A beautifully written account of life in Iran, filled with insights not only into the power struggles and political machinations but into the personal, emotional lives of the people living in that complicated country. Maziar Bahari is a brave man and a wonderful storyteller.”<b>—Fareed Zakaria</b><br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

5 Franklin and Winston

Author : Jon Meacham
Genre :  United States  Books  History  Europe  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2003-10-14
Description :  <b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><br />The most complete portrait ever drawn of the complex emotional connection between two of history’s towering leaders<br /><br /> Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were the greatest leaders of “the Greatest Generation.” In Franklin and Winston, Jon Meacham explores the fascinating relationship between the two men who piloted the free world to victory in World War II. It was a crucial friendship, and a unique one—a president and a prime minister spending enormous amounts of time together (113 days during the war) and exchanging nearly two thousand messages. Amid cocktails, cigarettes, and cigars, they met, often secretly, in places as far-flung as Washington, Hyde Park, Casablanca, and Teheran, talking to each other of war, politics, the burden of command, their health, their wives, and their children.<br /><br /> Born in the nineteenth century and molders of the twentieth and twenty-first, Roosevelt and Churchill had much in common. Sons of the elite, students of history, politicians of the first rank, they savored power. In their own time both men were underestimated, dismissed as arrogant, and faced skeptics and haters in their own nations—yet both magnificently rose to the central challenges of the twentieth century. Theirs was a kind of love story, with an emotional Churchill courting an elusive Roosevelt. The British prime minister, who rallied his nation in its darkest hour, standing alone against Adolf Hitler, was always somewhat insecure about his place in FDR’s affections—which was the way Roosevelt wanted it. A man of secrets, FDR liked to keep people off balance, including his wife, Eleanor, his White House aides—and Winston Churchill.<br /><br /> Confronting tyranny and terror, Roosevelt and Churchill built a victorious alliance amid cataclysmic events and occasionally conflicting interests. Franklin and Winston is also the story of their marriages and their families, two clans caught up in the most sweeping global conflict in history.<br /><br /> Meacham’s new sources—including unpublished letters of FDR’ s great secret love, Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd, the papers of Pamela Churchill Harriman, and interviews with the few surviving people who were in FDR and Churchill’s joint company—shed fresh light on the characters of both men as he engagingly chronicles the hours in which they decided the course of the struggle.<br /><br /> Hitler brought them together; later in the war, they drifted apart, but even in the autumn of their alliance, the pull of affection was always there. Charting the personal drama behind the discussions of strategy and statecraft, Meacham has written the definitive account of the most remarkable friendship of the modern age.

6 Beyond Bin Laden

Author : Jon Meacham, James A. Baker III, Karen Hughes, Richard Haass & Bing West
Genre :  Politics & Current Events  Books 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2011-05-09
Description :  Osama bin Laden was the most wanted man in American history—an enemy who brought the United States what President George W. Bush called “a day of fire,” and ushered in a new era of terrorism. It took a decade of blood and sacrifice, of determination and frustration, but finally, in a nighttime raid at the end of a dirt road in Pakistan, the hunt for Bin Laden ended with a gunshot. It was a dramatic climax to a long and painful chapter.<br /><br />But now what? The terrorist threat that has defined American policy since the attacks of 9/11 did not die with Bin Laden in his walled compound near Islamabad. Radicals still wish us harm, and we must fight on.<br /><br />In this provocative collection of essays edited and introduced by Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham, a group of penetrating analysts and leaders look ahead to the world after Bin Laden—to the future of Al Qaeda, of Afghanistan, of Pakistan. We explore the political, military, and cultural implications of the post–Bin Laden war on terror. From Richard N. Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations to former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, from historian and journalist Evan Thomas to former U.S. Army officer Andrew Exum, <i>Beyond Bin Laden</i> gives readers intelligent, deeply informed, and urgent glimpses of what comes next.<br /><br />Contributors include:<br />• <b>Jon Meacham</b>, executive editor, Random House<br />• <b>James A. Baker III</b>, former Secretary of State<br />• <b>Karen Hughes</b>, former counselor to President George W. Bush and former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy<br />• <b>Richard N. Haass</b>, president, Council on Foreign Relations<br />• <b>Bing West</b>, author, <i>The Wrong War, </i>and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs<br />• <b>Andrew Exum</b>, fellow, Center for a New American Security<br />• <b>Daniel Markey</b>, senior fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations<br />• <b>Evan Thomas</b>, award-winning historian and former editor-at-large, <i>Newsweek</i>

7 The Soul of America

Author : Jon Meacham
Genre :  United States  Books  History  Politics & Current Events 
Release Date :  2018-05-08
Description :  <b>Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear.</b><br /><br /> Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in <i>The Soul of America</i> Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature” have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Lincoln and other presidents, including Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson, and illuminating the courage of such influential citizen activists as Martin Luther King, Jr., early suffragettes Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks and John Lewis, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Army-McCarthy hearings lawyer Joseph N. Welch, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. He writes about the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the birth of the Lost Cause; the backlash against immigrants in the First World War and the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s; the fight for women’s rights; the demagoguery of Huey Long and Father Coughlin and the isolationist work of America First in the years before World War II; the anti-Communist witch-hunts led by Senator Joseph McCarthy; and Lyndon Johnson’s crusade against Jim Crow. Each of these dramatic hours in our national life have been shaped by the contest to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear—a struggle that continues even now.<br /><br />While the American story has not always—or even often—been heroic, we have been sustained by a belief in progress even in the gloomiest of times. In this inspiring book, Meacham reassures us,&#xa0;“The good news is that we have come through such darkness before”—as, time and again, Lincoln’s better angels have found a way to prevail.<br /><br /><b>Advance praise for <i>The Soul of America</i></b><br /><br /> “This is a brilliant, fascinating, timely, and above all profoundly important book. Jon Meacham explores the extremism and racism that have infected our politics, and he draws enlightening lessons from the knowledge that we’ve faced such trials before.”<b>—Walter Isaacson</b><br /><br />“Jon Meacham has done it again, this time with a historically rich and gracefully written account of America’s long struggle with division in our immigrant nation and the heroic efforts to heal the wounds. It should be in every home and on every student’s desk.”<b>—Tom Brokaw</b>

8 American Gospel

Author : Jon Meacham
Genre :  United States  Books  History  Religion & Spirituality 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2006-04-04
Description :  The American Gospel–literally, the good news about America–is that religion shapes our public life without controlling it. In this vivid book, New York Times bestselling author Jon Meacham tells the human story of how the Founding Fathers viewed faith, and how they ultimately created a nation in which belief in God is a matter of choice.<br /><br />At a time when our country seems divided by extremism, American Gospel draws on the past to offer a new perspective. Meacham re-creates the fascinating history of a nation grappling with religion and politics–from John Winthrop’s “city on a hill” sermon to Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence; from the Revolution to the Civil War; from a proposed nineteenth-century Christian Amendment to the Constitution to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s call for civil rights; from George Washington to Ronald Reagan.<br /><br />Debates about religion and politics are often more divisive than illuminating. Secularists point to a “wall of separation between church and state,” while many conservatives act as though the Founding Fathers were apostles in knee britches. As Meacham shows in this brisk narrative, neither extreme has it right. At the heart of the American experiment lies the God of what Benjamin Franklin called “public religion,” a God who invests all human beings with inalienable rights while protecting private religion from government interference. It is a great American balancing act, and it has served us well.<br /><br />Meacham has written and spoken extensively about religion and politics, and he brings historical authority and a sense of hope to the issue. American Gospel makes it compellingly clear that the nation’s best chance of summoning what Lincoln called “the better angels of our nature” lies in recovering the spirit and sense of the Founding. In looking back, we may find the light to lead us forward.<br />

9 We Do Our Part

Author : Charles Peters & Jon Meacham
Genre :  United States  Books  History  Professional & Technical  Education  Language Arts & Disciplines  Politics & Current Events 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2017-03-07
Description :  <b>Charles Peters tells&#xa0;the story of “how Democrats lost their way—and how they can find it again” (<i>The Washington Post</i>) in a book “full of vivid, funny, often touching anecdotes” (<i>The Atlantic</i>).</b><br /><br /> “We Do Our Part” was the slogan of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s National Recovery Administration—and it captured the can-do spirit that allowed America to survive the Great Depression and win World War II. Over the course of a sixty-year career as a Washington, D.C., journalist and historian, Peters, the founder of the<i> Washington Monthly,</i> has witnessed drastic changes firsthand. Ranging from the history of lobbying to the explosion of high-end fashion and travel reporting, this surprising book explains how we can consolidate the gains we have made while recapturing the generous spirit we have lost.<br /><br /> <i>We Do Our Part</i> is entertaining, insightful, and engaging. Spanning decades of politics and culture, Peters compares the flood of talented, original thinkers who flowed into the nation’s capital to join FDR’s administration with the tide of self-serving government staffers who left to exploit their opportunities on Wall Street and as lobbyists from the 1970s to today.&#xa0;He explains that too many Democrats lost touch with the average American as the liberal elite became more concerned with being smarter, having better taste, and making&#xa0;more money than with understanding why the average worker was making less and resented being looked down on. He cites as an example Hillary Clinton’s failure to understand what was wrong with taking a six-figure speaking fee from Goldman Sachs or with calling people “a basket of deplorables.”&#xa0;<br /><br /> If liberal Democrats—and Peters is one—want to win again, they need to be fair to everyone, including the working man who was once essential to the party of FDR. <i>We Do Our Part</i>&#xa0;shows us where we have been and where we are going, drawn from the invaluable perspective of a man who has seen America’s better days and still believes in the promise that lies ahead.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>We Do Our Part</i></b><br /><br />“[Peters] weaves a synthesis of mainstream and progressive, centrist and popular thought that would re-anchor the Democratic Party, both in its own traditions and in outreach to the restless, angry swath of the country that elected President Trump. . . . Peters is an American original.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br />“A great book about modern American history.”<b>—Chris Matthews, <i>Hardball</i></b><br /><br />“Part joyful memoir, part shrewd political analysis, and part insightful cultural criticism . . . [Peters] offers a keen understanding of where the Democrats went wrong in scorning the kind of people in Appalachia that he grew up with”<b>—Walter Shapiro, <i>Roll Call</i></b><br /><br />“<i>We Do Our Part</i> is not directly about the Trump era or phenomenon, though Charlie gets to Trump at the end. But it is all about the resentful, unequal, uncaring parts of today’s American culture that Trump has inflamed and that have made Trump possible—and how to cope with them.”<b>—James Fallows, <i>The Atlantic</i></b><br /><br /> “An important book . . . The truth [Charles] Peters aims to impart in this book is one that all Americans, and especially liberals, need to understand: An America in which the elite serves the interests of the majority isn’t a pipe dream.”<b>—<i>Washington Monthly</i></b><br /><br /> “A wise and brilliant book by a wise and brilliant man . . . Everyone should read it.”<b>—Nicholas Thompson, editor,</b>

10 Thomas Jefferson: President and Philosopher

Author : Jon Meacham
Genre :  Biography  Books  Young Adult  History 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2014-09-09
Description :  In this special illustrated edition of the #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling <i>Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power</i> by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jon Meacham, young readers will learn about the life and political philosophy of one of our Founding Fathers.<br />&#xa0;<br />Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States. He was one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence. But he was also a lawyer and an ambassador, an inventor and a scientist. He had a wide range of interests and hobbies, but his consuming interest was the survival and success of the United States.<br />&#xa0;<br />This book contains a note from Meacham and over 100 archival illustrations, as well as sections throughout the text about subjects such as the Boston Tea Party, the Library of Congress, and Napoléon Bonaparte. Additional materials include a time line; a family tree; a Who’s Who in Jefferson’s world; sections on Jefferson’s original writings and correspondence, “inventions,” interests, places in Jefferson’s world, finding Jefferson in the United States today, additional reading, organizations, and websites; notes; a bibliography; and an index. This adaptation, ideal for those interested in American presidents, biographies, and the founding of the American republic, is an excellent example of informational writing and reflects Meacham’s extensive research using primary source material.

11 Voices in Our Blood

Author : Jon Meacham, Maya Angelou, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker & James Baldwin
Genre :  United States  Books  History  Politics & Current Events  Nonfiction  Social Science 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2001-01-09
Description :  <b>A literary anthology of important and artful interpretations of&#xa0;the civil rights movement and the fight against white supremacy, past and present—including pieces by Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, Richard Wright, and John Lewis&#xa0;</b><br /><br /> Editor Jon Meacham has chosen pieces by journalists, novelists, historians, and artists, bringing together a wide range of perspectives and experiences. The result is an unprecedented and powerful portrait of the movement’s spirit and struggle, told through voices that resonate with passion and strength.<br /><br /> Maya Angelou takes us on a poignant journey back to her childhood in the Arkansas of the 1930s. On the front page of <i>The New York Times</i>, James Reston marks the movement’s apex as he describes what it was like to watch Martin Luther King, Jr., deliver his heralded “I Have a Dream”&#xa0;speech in real time. Alice Walker takes up the movement’s progress a decade later in her article “Choosing to Stay at Home: Ten Years After the March on Washington.”&#xa0;And John Lewis chronicles the unimaginable courage of the ordinary African Americans who challenged the prevailing order, paid for it in blood and tears, and justly triumphed.<br /><br /> <i>Voices in Our Blood</i> is a compelling look at the movement as it actually happened, from the days leading up to World War II to the anxieties and ambiguities of this new century. The story of race in America is a never-ending one, and <i>Voices in Our Blood</i> tells us how we got this far—and how far we still have to go to reach the Promised Land.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Voices in Our Blood</i></b><br />&#xa0;<br />“Jon Meacham . . . has done about the best job of anthologizing the movement that I’ve ever seen.”<b>—Tom Wicker,&#xa0;<i>Mother Jones</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “Compelling . . . Acting as a maestro for an orchestra of gifted writers, Meacham succeeds at transporting the reader to the confused heart of American race relations, down to the core of the misunderstandings, the invitations to hate, and the violence.”<b>—Juan Williams, <i>The Washington Monthly</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> “A collection of first-rate writings by gifted authors on America’s struggle for racial justice.”<b>—James Ralph, <i>Chicago Tribune</i></b><br /><br /> “The writing in this collection sparkles.”<b>—Robert Joiner, <i>St. Louis Post-Dispatch</i></b>

12 Priest In New York

Author : Victor Lee Austin & Jon Meacham
Genre :  Christianity  Books  Religion & Spirituality 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2011-10-14
Description :  &#34;Some of the meditations collected in this book are on explicitly religious topics: the timeless glory of the Easter Vigil; how we talk to God in prayer; what our bodies will be like in Heaven. Others are vignettes of everyday life in New York City: encountering a rude beggar and a kind one; wondering how a little boy seen in Central Park will go through his life; surviving a cacophony of cell phones. Father Austin&#39;s observations are always razor sharp, his insights often surprising (I had never thought of a Xerox machine in just that way). &#39;Priest in New York&#39; is a rich book, funny, moving, instructive, illuminating.&#34; (Linda Bridges, author and editor) --------------------------------------- With a foreword by Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, who writes: &#34;This is a quiet book about a loud city, a faithful diary of a world too often given to faithlessness.&#34;

13 Smithsonian Civil War

Author : Smithsonian Institution, Neil Kagan, Jon Meacham, Michelle Delaney & Hugh Talman
Genre :  United States  Books  History  Lifestyle & Home  Antiques & Collectibles  Military 
Price :  $39.99
Release Date :  2013-10-29
Description :  <i>Smithsonian Civil War</i> is a lavishly illustrated coffee-table book featuring 150 entries in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.&#xa0; From among tens of thousands of Civil War objects in the Smithsonian's collections, curators handpicked 550 items&#xa0;and wrote&#xa0;a unique narrative that begins before the war through the Reconstruction period. The perfect gift book for fathers and history lovers, <i>Smithsonian Civil War</i> combines one-of-a-kind, famous, and previously unseen relics from the war in a truly unique narrative.<br /><br /><i>Smithsonian Civil War</i> takes the reader inside the great collection of Americana housed at twelve national museums and archives and brings historical gems to light. From the National Portrait Gallery come&#xa0;rare early&#xa0;photographs of Stonewall Jackson and Ulysses S. Grant; from the National Museum of American History, secret messages that remained hidden inside Lincoln's gold watch for nearly 150 years; from the National Air and Space Museum, futuristic Civil War-era aircraft designs. Thousands of items were evaluated before those of greatest value and significance were selected for inclusion here. Artfully arranged in 150 entries, they offer a unique, panoramic view of the Civil War.

14 Para Além de Bin Laden

Author : Jon Meacham
Genre :  Politics & Current Events  Books 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2017-04-12
Description :  Nesta provocadora colecção de ensaios, prefaciados na edição portuguesa por Nuno Rogeiro, um grupo de analistas e líderes explicam as implicações políticas, militares e culturais da guerra ao terror pós-Bin Laden, bem como o futuro da Al Qaeda, do Afeganistão e do Paquistão.

15 TIME Andrew Jackson

Author : Jon Meacham & The Editors of TIME
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  United States 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2017-07-21
Description :  Andrew Jackson remains one of America's most extraordinary, influential and at times controversial leaders, defined by a brilliant military and political career that sought to advance the needs of the common man over those of the entrenched elite-in essence, giving rise to the idea of populism.<br /><br /> This powerful TIME special edition, <i>Andrew Jackson: An American Populist</i>, examines the seventh president of the United States, his willful and combative style and his enduring legacy, and why it is so resonant today. Born of humble origins and orphaned as a child, Jackson became a lawyer, a brave and heroic general, and a United States senator before winning the presidency by besting John Quincy Adams, who had been born with great privilege. As a two-term president, Jackson distinguished himself with his skill at consensus-building as well as his quest to rout corruption out of the government. He could at times be woefully wrong: brutal in his treatment of American Indians and an unapologetic slave owner until his death. Yet as a gifted and strong-minded political tactician Jackson delivered significant legislative accomplishments, including keeping South Carolina in the union. After his presidency, Jackson retired to his plantation in Tennessee, the Hermitage, where he remained active in politics until he died. Jackson's life, actions and legacy are as important today as they were in his time. Through unmatched writing and storytelling as well as remarkable illustrations, <i>Andrew Jackson: An American Populist</i> delivers the full essence of the man.

16 Fight for Liberty

Author : Mark Lasswell & Jon Meacham
Genre :  Politics & Current Events  Books 
Release Date :  2018-10-16
Description :  <b>Anne Applebaum, Garry Kasparov, Max Boot, and a constellation of other thinkers make the urgent case for liberal democracy---reinvigorating its </b><b>central values in an age of doubt and discord.</b><br />Liberal democracy is in crisis around the world, besieged by authoritarianism, nationalism, and other illiberal forces. Far-right parties are gaining traction in Europe, Vladimir Putin tightens his grip on Russia and undermines democracy abroad, and America struggles with poisonous threats from the right and left. <br />But the defenders of democracy are strong too. Taking their cues from the 1788 Federalist Papers, the Renew Democracy Initiative is a collective of pro-democracy advocates from across the political spectrum, including Anne Applebaum, Garry Kasparov, Max Boot, Bret Stephens, and Natan Sharansky. This book is their foundational document, a collection of essays that analyze the multi-pronged threats to liberal democracy in the U.S. and abroad, and offer solutions based on fundamental democratic principles such as freedom of speech, a free press, and the rule of law. <br /><i>Fight for Liberty </i>is a roadmap for the struggle against the rising tide of extremism and a <i>cri de coeur </i>in defense of the liberal world order, which sees itself threatened as never before today.

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