Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize 2009 Winner


Presentation, Lunch and Book Signing with Jon Meacham

Pulitzer Prize Winner and author of “Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power”

Special Guest Susan Ford Bales


Friday, December 7, 2012

Doors Open 11:30 a.m. ~ Lunch Served 12:00 p.m.
Grand Valley State University, Eberhard Center
301 Fulton Street West
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Event Cost $35  includes:
Autographed Book and Lunch

                                                      (additional books available for purchase)


Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, GVSU – Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies
Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation

About the Author:
Jon Meacham received the Pulitzer Prize for American Lion, his bestselling 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson. He is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Franklin and Winston and American Gospel. Executive editor and executive vice president of Random House, Meacham is a contributing editor to Time magazine, a former editor of Newsweek, and has written for The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other publications. He is a regular contributor on Meet the Press, Morning Joe, and Charlie Rose, and is the editor at large of WNET, the New York public television station. Born in Chattanooga in 1969, Meacham was educated at The University of the South. He lives with his family in New York and in Tennessee.

Book Reviews:
“Jon Meacham understands Thomas Jefferson. With thorough and up-to-date research, elegant writing, deep insight, and an open mind, he brings Jefferson, the most talented politician of his generation—and one of the most talented in our nation’s history—into full view. It is no small task to capture so capacious a life in one volume. Meacham has succeeded, giving us a rich presentation of our third president’s life and times. This is an extraordinary work.”
- Annette Gordon-Reed, author of The Hemingses of Monticello

“Jon Meacham resolves the bundle of contradictions that was Thomas Jefferson by probing his love of progress and thirst for power. Here was a man endlessly, artfully intent on making the world something it had not been before. A thrilling and affecting portrait of our first philosopher-politician.”
- Stacy Schiff, author of Cleopatra: A Life

“A true triumph. In addition to being a brilliant biography, this book is a guide to the use of power. Jon Meacham shows how Jefferson’s deft ability to compromise and improvise made him a transformational leader. We think of Jefferson as the embodiment of noble ideals, as he was, but Meacham shows that he was a practical politician more than a moral theorist. The result is a fascinating look at how Jefferson wielded his driving desire for power and control.”
- Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs

“This is probably the best single-volume biography of Jefferson ever written; it is certainly the most readable.”
- Gordon Wood

“This terrific book allows us to see the political genius of Thomas Jefferson better than we have ever seen it before. In these endlessly fascinating pages, Jefferson emerges with such vitality that it seems as if he might still be alive today.”
- Doris Kearns Goodwin, author of Team of Rivals