Jon Meacham

The author of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power recommends books that illuminate American history.



Jon Meacham's Pultizer Prize-winning biography, American Lion, delivered an engrossing account of one of our most influential, controversial, and intriguing presidents, Andrew Jackson. Now in Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, Meacham fixes his sights on a contradictory Founding Father who, though equal parts brilliant and flawed, was most importantly a savvy manipulator of popular opinion and political power.


Books by Jon Meacham



The Wise Men

By Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas


"Wonderful group biography that makes an irrefutable case about the primacy of human agency in history."








The Glory and the Dream

By William Manchester


"The making of America from the Bonus March to Nixon's 1972 landslide. Vivid, brilliant."








The Age of Jackson

By Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.


"Schlesinger couldn't write a bad sentence. This is intellectual and political history at its finest."








Walking with the Wind

By John Lewis and Michael D'Orso


"The memoir of perhaps the bravest American of our time, from his preaching to chickens on the farm to the March on Washington to Selma."







The Resurrection of the Son of God

By N. T. Wright


"A lucid, comprehensive history of the idea (and, for Christians, the reality) of resurrection."

July 24: On this day in 1725 John Newton, the slave trader-preacher who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," was born.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Paradise and Elsewhere

Canadian short story marvel Kathy Page emerges as the Alice Munro of the supernatural from these heartfelt tales of shapeshifting swimmers, mild-mannered cannibals, and personality-shifting viruses transmitted through kisses.


When a persuasive pastor arrives in a sleepy farm town, his sage influence has otherworldly results (talking sheep, a mayor who walks on water). But can he pull off the miracle of finding kindly local Liz Denny the love of her life?  Small wonder looms large in this charmer from Andre Alexis.

The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).