Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winner, and contributing editor at TIME, Jon Meacham is one of America's most prominent public intellectuals. A regular guest on Morning Joe, he is known as a skilled raconteur with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion, and current affairs. He understands and analyzes how issues and events impact our lives.
Debuting at #1 on The New York Times best sellers list, Meacham's Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power was named one of the best books of the year by Amazon.com. Fortune magazine hailed it as "masterful and intimate," and Walter Isaacson called it “a true triumph. A fascinating look at how Jefferson wielded his driving desire for power and control.”
His New York Times bestselling American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House won the Pulitzer Prize for biography. Meacham used the seventh president's unpublished correspondence to create "an unflinching portrait of a not always admirable democrat but a pivotal president, written with an agile prose that brings the Jackson saga to life.”
His other New York Times bestsellers include Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship and American Gospel.
Executive Vice President and Executive Editor at the Random House Publishing Group, Meacham edited the Politico Inside Election 2012 e-book series and a book by Al Gore. He is working on a biography of President George H.W. Bush that will be available in November 2015.
Meacham served as the Newsweek's managing editor from 1998 to 2006 and editor from 2006 to 2010. The New York Times called him “one of the most influential editors in the news magazine business." Now a contributing editor at TIME, he writes for their Ideas section.
He has appeared on Meet The Press, The Colbert Report, and Ken Burns’ documentary series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History. He also presented his “In Perspective” essays and conducted interviews on PBS' weekly public affairs program, Need To Know.
Named a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, a trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, a scholar-trustee of the New York Historical Society, and chairs the National Advisory Board of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University.
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