Thomas Jefferson The Art of powerThis is a hefty biography focused on Jefferson’s political power. Certainly, this book is a wonderful vehicle for Jeffersonian scholars because of the density of facts and research. However, it may be easier to absorb in the form of an audiobook where the listener can concentrate on those passages and sections that are most interesting.

All in all, there are enough personal anecdotes about Jefferson’s wildly contradictory private life to keep a casual listener attuned.  And the listener can’t help but be moved by the profound losses Jefferson suffered throughout his life: his beloved wife early on; all but one of his children.

Thomas Jefferson is at its best describing the times in which Jefferson strode and the man’s immense and varied talents. In addition to his writing and political brilliance, Jefferson designed the gardens at Monticello as well as the classical beauty of the University of Virginia and Monticello itself.

We are reminded of the wonderful quote by JFK, who, while introducing a dinner at the White House in 1962 for Nobel Prize winners, noted that it was “probably the greatest concentration of talent and genius in this house except perhaps those times when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.”

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My ocean physicist husband and I raised two wonderful sons, my proudest accomplishment. For many years I taught writing at a university, my job of a lifetime, and worked as a freelance writer for local publications. I am an ocean girl, sometimes profane, who loves animals, reading, and creative projects. I am curious about nearly everything. Loyal and caring, I make a good friend.