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.”