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Thomas Jefferson : the art of power

by Meacham, Jon.

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"Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" gives readers Jefferson the politician and president, a great and complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson's genius was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously, catapulting hi... Full description

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Table of Contents:
  • The world's best hope
  • The scion : beginnings to Spring 1774
  • The revolutionary : Spring 1774 to Summer 1776
  • Reformer and governor : late 1776 to 1782
  • The frustrated Congressman : late 1782 to mid-1784
  • A man of the world : 1875 to 1789
  • The first Secretary of State : 1789 to 1792
  • The leader of the opposition : 1793 to 18900
  • The President of the United States : 1801 to 1809
  • The master of Monticello : 1809 to the end
  • All honor to Jefferson.
  • Pt. 1: The scion : beginnings to spring 1774. A fortunate son ; What fixed the destinies of my life ; Roots of revolution ; Temptations and trials ; A world of desire and denial
  • Pt. 2: The revolutionary : spring 1774 to summer 1776. Like a shock of electricity ; There is no peace ; The famous Mr. Jefferson ; The course of human events ; The pull of duty
  • Pt. 3: Reformer and governor : late 1776 to 1782. An agenda for liberty ; A troublesome office ; Redcoats at Monticello ; To burn on through death
  • Pt. 4: The frustrated congressman : late 1782 to mid-1784. Return to the arena ; A struggle for respect ; Lost cities and life counsel
  • Pt. 5: A man of the world : 1785 to 1789. The vaunted scene of Europe ; The philosophical world ; His head and his heart ; Do you like our new Constitution? ; A treaty in Paris
  • Pt. 6: The first Secretary of State : 1789 to 1792. A new post in New York ; Mr. Jefferson is greatly too democratic ; Two cocks in the pit ; The end of a stormy tour
  • Pt. 7: The leader of the opposition : 1793 to 1800. In wait at Monticello ; To the Vice Presidency ; The reign of witches ; Adams vs. Jefferson redux ; A desperate state of affairs
  • Pt. 8: The President of the United States : 1801 to 1809. The new order of things begins ; A confident president ; Victories, scandal, and a secret sickness ; The air of enchantment! ; The people were never more happy ; A deep, dark, and widespread conspiracy ; This damned embargo ; A farewell to ultimate power ; Pt. 9: The master of Monticello : 1809 to the end ; My body, mind, and affairs ; To form statesmen, legislators and judges ; The knell of the union ; No, doctor, nothing more
  • Epilogue: All honor to Jefferson.
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