Jon Meacham has done it again. This is the second book I read of Meacham, the first being that of Andrew Jackson. I truly believe Jefferson to be one of the most influential beings in this country's history. I believe he, himself along with his contemporaries known as "Jeffersonian" to be truly remarkable (e.g. Madison, Monroe).
The book is not a puff piece on Jefferson, however it is fair in my estimation. Meacham discusses the Hemmings situation which many authors tend to ignore all together or white wash the facts. Meacham dedicates ample time to Jefferson's France days as well as the latter years of Mr. Jefferson. The vivid explanation of the twilight of his life, reminded me of a book I purchased but had not read "Twilight at Monticello: The Final Years of Thomas Jefferson" by Alan Pell Crawford which I now intend to read.
Meacham explained Jefferson's religion or lack thereof concisely. Not nearly as detailed as Dumas Malone's multiple tomes, this book give sufficient details to the average reader.
The book is 800 pages but I did not even feel the length of the book because it held me throughout. Highly recommend the book.
Hardcover: 800 pages
Publisher: Random House; 1 edition (November 13, 2012)