An Evening Conversation with Jon Meacham
Sunday, November 11, 2012
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center
Milstein Theater and Museum Shop
Join us at the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center for an exclusive book launch and Evening Conversation with Jon Meacham, author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power. In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power 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.
The evening will include a tour of Monticello, a copy of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, book signing with Mr. Meacham, and light refreshments after the talk. Your ticket is good for the entire day and is inclusive of a House Tour any time before 3:00 PM on November 11, 2012. Tours are subject to availability and you must contact reservations at 434-984-9881 in order to secure a tour time.
Check-in for the book signing and talk will begin at 4:00 PM in the Welcome Pavilion of the Visitor Center. Please present your receipt to obtain your copy of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power.
Advance praise for Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
“Jon Meacham understands Thomas Jefferson. With thorough and up-to-date research, elegant writing, deep insight, and an open mind, he brings Jefferson, the most talented politician of his generation—and one of the most talented in our nation’s history—into full view. This is an extraordinary work.”—Annette Gordon-Reed
“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.”—Doris Kearns Goodwin
“Jon Meacham resolves the bundle of contradictions that was Thomas Jefferson by probing his love of progress and thirst for power. This is a thrilling and affecting portrait of our first philosopher-politician.”—Stacy Schiff
“Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power is a true triumph, a brilliant biography. Jon Meacham shows how Jefferson’s deft ability to compromise and improvise made him a transformational leader. We think of Jefferson as the embodiment of noble ideals, as he was, but Meacham shows that he was a practical politician more than a moral theorist. The result is a fascinating look at how Jefferson wielded his driving desire for power and control.”—Walter Isaacson
“This is probably the best single-volume biography of Jefferson ever written.”—Gordon S. Wood
Reserved tickets are required. $80 ($30 of your ticket represents a tax deductible gift to support Monticello).
Not able to make it? Look for the author's appearances elsewhere this year: http://www.jonmeacham.com/appearances/.