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, Paris—Jefferson loved America most, and he strove again and 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 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United States, England, and France, as well as unpublished Jefferson presidential papers, Meacham presents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.