Pulitzer Prize-winning author and contributing editor at TIME, Jon Meacham is one of America's most prominent public intellectuals. Known as a skilled raconteur and an accomplished historian with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion, and current affairs, he understands and analyzes how issues and events impact modern life.
Meacham’s latest presidential biography, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, is a #1 New York Times bestseller. Fortune magazine hailed it as "masterful and intimate," Amazon.com named it one of the best books of the year, and Walter Isaacson called it “A true triumph. A fascinating look at how Jefferson wielded his driving desire for power and control.”
His other New York Times bestsellers include Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, which explored the two leaders who piloted the free world to victory in World War II, and American Gospel.
Named a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Society of American Historians. He is a regular guest on Morning Joe and has appeared on Meet The Press and The Colbert Report. He presents his “In Perspective” essays and conducts interviews on PBS' weekly public affairs program, Need To Know. In fall 2013, he will teach a seminar at Vanderbilt University on the Republican party, from World War II to today.
“Jon Meacham was an absolute delight. Erudite without being snobby - clever without being comical. Learned without making anyone around him feel pedestrian. We all thoroughly enjoyed him as a person first and then as an excellent speaker.”
-University of Toledo