Authors: Jon Meacham
Tags: #Biography, #History, #Non-Fiction, #Politics, #Goodreads 2012 History
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Thomas Jefferson: the art of power / Jon Meacham.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Jefferson, Thomas, 1743â1826. 2. PresidentsâUnited StatesâBiography. 3. United StatesâPolitics and governmentâ1783â1809. I. Title.
48 2012 973.4
Printed in the United States of America on acid-free paper
Book design by Simon M. Sullivan
And, as ever, for Mary, Maggie, Sam, and Keith
A few broad strokes of the brush would paint the portraits of all the early Presidents with this exception.â¦Â Jefferson could be painted only touch by touch, with a fine pencil, and the perfection of the likeness depended upon the shifting and uncertain flicker of its semi-transparent shadows.
History of the United States of America During the Administrations of Thomas Jefferson
I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.
, at a dinner in honor of all living recipients of the Nobel Prize, 1962
A NOTE ON THE TEXT
an immense correspondence, and I am particularly indebted to
The Papers of Thomas Jefferson,
published by Princeton University Press and first edited by Julian P. Boyd. I am, moreover, grateful to the incumbent editors of the
especially general editor Barbara B. Oberg, for sharing unpublished transcripts of letters gathered for future volumes. The goal of the Princeton edition was, and continues to be, “to present as accurate a text as possible and to preserve as many of Jefferson's distinctive mannerisms of writing as can be done.” To provide clarity and readability for a modern audience, however, I have taken the liberty of regularizing much of the quoted language from Jefferson and from his contemporaries. I have, for instance, silently corrected Jefferson's frequent use of “it's” for “its” and “recieve” for “receive,” and have, in most cases, expanded contractions and abbreviations and followed generally accepted practices of capitalization.