BOOKS & OTHER WORKS

Book Cover November 2012

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. on 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 rife 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 Drawing on archives in the United States, England, and France, as well as unpublished Jefferson presidential papers, Meacham presents Jefferson as the most successful political leader of the early republic, and perhaps in all of American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.
 
(Source: Random House) 


Book Cover 2009

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency. Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy. Jackson’s election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people, not distant elites, were the guiding force in American politics. Democracy made its stand in the Jackson years, and he gave voice to the hopes and the fears of a restless, changing nation facing challenging times at home and threats abroad. To tell the saga of Jackson’s presidency, acclaimed author Jon Meacham goes inside the Jackson White House. Drawing on newly discovered family letters and papers, he details the human drama–the family, the women, and the inner circle of advisers–that shaped Jackson’s private world through years of storm and victory. In American Lion Jon Meacham has delivered the definitive human portrait of a pivotal president who forever changed the American presidency–and America itself.

 



Book Cover Published Sept. 2013

TIME cover story: What Colleges Will Teach in 2025

America must resolve the conflict between knowledge and know-how

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Book Cover August 26, 2013

TIME cover story: Martin Luther King Jr: Architect of the 21st Century

"With a single phrase, Martin Luther King Jr. joined Jefferson and Lincoln in the ranks of men who've shaped modern America." 

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Book Cover June 21, 2012

TIME Cover Story: 'The History of the American Dream'

Jon Meacham takes a look at the life and times of this enduring yet embattled idea.
 

 



Book Cover 2003

Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship

Jon Meacham explores the fascinating relationship between the two men who piloted the free world to victory in World War II. It was a crucial friendship, and a unique one -- a president and a prime minister spending enormous amounts of time together and exchanging nearly two thousand messages. Born in the nineteenth century and molders of the twentieth and twenty-first, Roosevelt and Churchill had much in common. Theirs was a kind of love story, with an emotional Churchill courting an elusive Roosevelt. Confronting tyranny and terror, Roosevelt and Churchill built a victorious alliance amid cataclysmic events and occasionally conflicting interests. Franklin and Winston is also the story of their marriages and their families, two clans caught up in the most sweeping global conflict in history.
 
(Source: inside flap, Random House)
 


Book Cover 2007

American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation

Brilliantly articulating an argument that links the Founding Fathers to an insightful contemporary point of view, Meacham's American Gospel renews our understanding of history, and what public religion has meant in America, so that we can move beyond today's religious and political extremism toward a truer understanding of the place of faith in American society. "In these polarized times," wrote USA Today, "Meacham's book provides an enlightening look at how the founders discovered ways to tame but not extinguish the fires of faith." A New York Times bestseller.

(Source: Publisher)

 



Book Cover 2003

Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement

Voices in Our Blood is a literary anthology of the most important and artful interpretations of the civil rights movement, past and present. It showcases what forty of the nation's best writers had to say about the central domestic drama of the American Century. The result is an unprecedented and powerful portrait of the movement's spirit and struggle, told through voices that resonate with passion and strength.
 
(Source: inside flap, Random House)

 



Book Cover April 14, 2011

TIME cover story: What If There's No Hell?

Jon Meacham looks at the “growing furor” over a new book by a pastor Rob Bell who says there may be no hell and that anyone can have a place in heaven no matter their sins.
 

 



Book Cover January 22, 2010

Newsweek cover story: The Trouble with Barack

"Obama is accused of being too radical, but he's been governing from the middle for a year. So why all the anger? Because he's leading with his head, not his heart." 

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Book Cover May 16, 2009

Newsweek cover story: Obama on Obama

In a 30-minute interview aboard Air Force One en route from Washington to Phoenix last Wednesday, President Obama talked with NEWSWEEK's Jon Meacham about Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Dick Cheney—and Star Trek.
 

 



Book Cover April 4, 2009

Newsweek cover story: The Decline and Fall of Christian America

The percentage of self-identified Christians has fallen 10 points in the past two decades. How that statistic explains who we are now—and what, as a nation, we are about to become.
 

 



Book Cover February 7, 2009

Newsweek cover story: We Are All Socialists Now

In many ways our economy already resembles a European one. As boomers age and spending grows, we will become even more French.
 

 



Book Cover January 17, 2009

Newsweek cover story: Obama's America

We have a new president. But he, too, has a new nation to lead, one that's changing almost beyond recognition.
 

 



Book Cover October 18, 2008

Newsweek cover story: America the Conservative

America remains a center-right nation—a fact that a President Obama would forget at his peril.
 

 



Book Cover October 4, 2008

Newsweek cover story: The Palin Problem

Yes, she won the debate by not imploding. But governing requires knowledge, and mindless populism is just that—mindless.
 

 



Book Cover March 20, 2005

Newsweek cover story: How Jesus Became Christ

How did the Jesus of history become the Christ, the atoning lamb of God? The story of the empty tomb and a religion's rise.

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Book Cover April 28, 2002

Newsweek cover story: What Would Jesus Do?

Meacham looks beyond the priest scandal and finds Christianity at a crossroads. "Cracking down on predators," he writes, "is long overdue. But beyond the scandal, it's time to rethink sexuality and the sacraments." His case for change.
 

 



Book Cover July 24, 1998

Newsweek cover story: War is Hell

Meacham explains how Steven Spielberg's movie, Saving Private Ryan, draws us back to the horrors of WWII and how "'The Good War'" really looked from the front.

 



Book Cover December 15, 2002

Newsweek cover story: Race and the Rise of Trent Lott

Jon Meacham explores the past that made, and may undo Trent Lott. "Trent Lott and the GOP grew up together in the South. They both have a painful secret."

 



Book Cover June 14, 2004

Newsweek cover story: Ronald Reagan

Jon Meacham pays tribute to Ronald Reagan. At once affectionate and tough, sweeping and intimate, Meacham's remembrance probes Reagan's origin, upbringing and private life for clues to the convictions and temperaments that made him such a successful president.

 



Book Cover February 16, 2004

Newsweek cover story: Who Really Killed Jesus? What History Teaches Us

Jon Meacham wrote Newsweek's cover story about Mel Gibson's controversial new movie, The Passion of the Christ, and its role in reviving one of the most explosive questions ever. What history tells us about Jesus' last hours, the world in which he lived, anti-Semitism, Scripture and the nature of faith itself.