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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon Meacham Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2014 ISBN: 9780553556377
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In this special edition of the #1 New York Times bestselling Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham, young listeners will learn about the life and political philosophy of one of our Founding Fathers.

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.

This audiobook contains a note from Meacham, as well as sections about subjects such as the Boston Tea Party, the Library of Congress, and Napoléon Bonaparte. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Jon Meacham, the author of this book, is a revered Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. This special illustrated adaptation of a book that was lauded as ‘probably the best single-volume biography of Jefferson’ is carefully attuned to a younger audience…In brief sections, it describes not only Jefferson’s life, but also concurrent events in our nation’s history.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “Thomas Jefferson was an idealist who was drawn to the cause of individual rights and a pragmatist who saw the need to take practical steps to get things done. That interpretation frames this adaptation for young readers of Meacham’s Pulitzer Prize–winning adult biography, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power…The biographer presents important issues in American history, particularly those surrounding the beginnings of our nation, and a strong discussion of Jefferson’s failure to deal with the issue of slavery…Readers will be rewarded with a coherent, well-supported explanation of a complex man.”

    School Library Journal

  • “This adaptation of Meacham’s acclaimed biography of Thomas Jefferson presents a chronological look at Jefferson’s life—and through that, information about his political and philosophical views. Readers learn about his youth and early responsibilities, his long-lasting friendships and interactions with people very influential in America’s history, his love of family, books, science, and learning, his political thinking and leadership, his insecurities, his attitudes about slavery, and his long service to his colony, state, and then his country. Numerous quotes taken from his letters and writings are interspersed throughout the text and highlight his idealism and his pragmatism…This will be extremely useful for assignments and history buffs.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Choosing to cover every aspect of Jefferson’s life without exploring any particular part in depth makes this an engaging, informative introduction.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Edward Herrmann’s authoritative voice lends weight to this young people’s adaptation of Meacham’s book Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power…He sounds like the history teacher you always wanted, bringing history to life and breathing life and humanity into one of our most complicated and contradictory Founding Fathers. Whether he’s relating Jefferson’s belief in the high ideals of education and basic human rights or sharing less savory aspects of this enigmatic man’s complex personality, his delivery is even and nonjudgmental. He paints a picture of a man who was able to reconcile the contradiction of a philosophy based on freedom to all and a culture dependent on the enslavement of one race to another. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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About the Author
Author Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham is the author of several bestselling books, including Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, a #1 New York Times bestseller named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Seattle Times, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Meacham received the Pulitzer Prize for American Lion, his bestselling 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson. Executive editor and executive vice president of Random House, he is also a contributing editor to Time magazine, a former editor of Newsweek, and has written for the New York Times and Washington Post, among other publications. He is a regular contributor on Meet the Press, Morning Joe, and Charlie Rose. A Fellow of the Society of American Historians, Meacham serves on the boards of the New York Historical Society, Churchill Centre, and McCallie School. He is a former trustee and regent of Sewanee: The University of the South, and has served on the vestries of St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue and Trinity Wall Street church in New York City. Born in Chattanooga in 1969, he was educated at The McCallie School and at Sewanee: The University of the South, where he was salutatorian and Phi Beta Kappa. He began his career as a reporter at Chattanooga Times. He and his wife live with their three children in Nashville and Sewanee.

About the Narrator

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Audie Awards and twenty-two Earphones Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.