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."

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.