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Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, by Jon Meacham, is a masterful biography because it lets the great man speak for himself.  Themes are followed from his beginning to his death so there is no single shot history here.  The later day critics who must nurture their contemporary biases will not like the book.  They will not want to acknowledge the whole of Jefferson.  Although their biases make for shrill voices, such do not carry far when confronted with scholarship of this quality.

If you enjoy Founding Fathers scholarship, and feel yourself better informed than most readers, don’t despair.  You will appreciate the insights and clarity of Meacham, and emerge better informed.  He writes with no revisionist’s ambitions or restorationist’s glory; he tells the story; the reader will make of it what he will.  Charles Marlin

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