We can’t understand ourselves as Americans, argues Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, without coming to grip with Jefferson, who embodies the best of us and the worst of us. Like our current president, Jefferson governed in times of transition, of fierce partisanship, and of external threat. What could our current President learn from Jefferson, whose deft ability to compromise and improvise made him a transformational leader?
Presidential historian, Contributing Editor at TIME, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham is executive vice president and executive editor of Random House Publishing Group.
His book American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, was a New York Times bestseller. Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2009. His other New York Times bestsellers include Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship; and American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation. His most recent book is Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power.
For the last nineteen years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television. First on Politically Incorrect and for the last nine years on HBO’s Real Time, Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him twenty-seven Emmy nominations. Maher has written five bestsellers, among them: True Story, Does Anybody Have a Problem with That? Politically Incorrect’s Greatest Hits, and most recently, The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody But Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass.
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