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Jon Meacham Books In Order

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Voices in Our Blood (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Franklin and Winston (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
American Gospel (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
American Lion (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thomas Jefferson: President & Philospher (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Destiny and Power (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Jon Meacham has worn a number of hats over the years, though he is best known for the roles he has held at Random House in the executive position. Jon Meacham writes biographies, though his books explore the lives of the sort of powerful people only he can gain access to.

+Biography

Jon Meacham was born in 1969 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His Parents are Jere and Linda Meacham; the author was a student of St. Nicholas school and the McCallie School.

Jon went to University in Tennessee. Considering the fact that he majored in English literature, it probably wasn’t a surprise that Jon eventually went the way of writing and publishing.

Since leaving school in 1991, Jon Meacham has worked hard to make a name in the publishing and journalism fields. He hit the ground running by snagging a role with Newsweek, and his talent was such that it didn’t take him long to take the position of National Affairs Editor.

Life only seemed to get better from that point on. Maybe it’s because his mother was an executive; Jon himself was never too far from executive opportunities. He eventually climbed up to the position of managing editor of Newsweek, and it didn’t even take him long to transcend that role, becoming editor-in-chief. That was in 2006.

Perhaps Jon Meacham’s executive roles with Newsweek are not particularly well known amongst the laymen, but he is certainly renowned as an editor. ‘Voices of Our Blood’ was probably his first notable editorial project. He edited it in 2001

He followed this project with numerous other editorial undertakings. By the late 2000s, the author had received a number of honorary doctorates, this including one of Humane Letters from Yale University.

Even though Newsweek gave Jon Meacham his big break, he eventually left the giant for the New York Times. Though, he didn’t stay for long. Jon has tried his hand at writing for a number of media organizations, this including the Washington Post.

And his exploits have not only been restricted to print media. In 2010, Jon finally got his big break on television when he began to host a show on PBS. The author has also made numerous appearances on CNN, not to mention acting as a guest on ‘Morning Joe’.

As an author, Jon Meacham has been credited for a number of works, many of them revolving around notable presidents like Andrew Jackson; one his most popular works was a book he wrote about George W. Bush.

+American Lion

Andrew Jackson is credited with creating the modern presidency. However, he was not always such a titan, and at one point, Jackson had nothing. Yet he had the will to fight his way to the top of the political arena.

Some loved him while others hated him. For all the veneration he elicited, the number of people who reviled him was astounding. Very little could stop Jackson once his mind was set.

The orphan had a dream and he wasn’t willing to quit until he had bent the nation in the direction of democracy. 1828 will forever be remembered as the year that hosted an election which put in place an era that would continue to guide the nation for generations to come.

Andrew Jackson learned to fashion his persona into a guiding light that gave hope to the helpless and allayed the fears of the restless at a time when the land was under threat from internal and external forces.

Jon Meacham tells Andrew Jackson’s saga in a book that takes readers into the White House during Jackson’s presidency. More than the politics of the time, Jon sheds light on the human drama and the family issues that consumed the players in the political arena at that time, working to shape Jackson’s private and public persona.

As a founder of one of America’s biggest political movements, Jon Meacham tries to highlight Jackson’s past as a battle-hardened warrior and how it might have affected his approach to politics. Jackson doesn’t shy away from representing those more difficult aspects of the Jackson days.

The book has plenty of sex and violence, not to mention tragedy. Jackson always manifested a unique ability to connect with the people. He moved the White House to the center of the nation in order to show the people how democracy worked.

Jon shows that great presidents like Roosevelt were inspired as much by Andrew Jackson as they were by their own personal convictions.

This book might not be for everyone, not because it’s bad but because of its approach to exploring Andrew Jackson’s life. Readers who are looking for an intimate exploration of Jackson’s years for start to finish will be disappointed because Jon Meacham chooses to focus on Jackson’s time as the president.

Jon’s goal isn’t to show readers where Jackson came from but, rather, to help them understand how Jackson’s myth was formed; and it all began when he entered the white house. Jackson’s two terms in office were full of unbridled chaos.

+Beyond Bin Laden

Osama bin Laden became the most wanted man in the history of the Nation when he initiated the attacks on the Twin Towers, launching a new era of terrorism. It took a decade and a lot of sweat and blood, but Osama was finally silenced by a bullet.

However, his death did not quiet the terrorist threat facing the United States. This book is a collection of essays that tackle various provocative topics surrounding the state of the war on the terror.

Jon Meacham brings together the analytical thoughts of important thinkers in the defense and foreign policy community as they work to put the terrorist threat into context.

Some of the articles are academic. Others delve into personal accomplishments and are tainted by bias of one sort or another.

These essays are perfect for anyone that has been out of the loop for a few years and needs to understand the terrorism landscape as it presently stands. Jon should be commended for providing such comprehensive insight into the issue of global terrorism. The essays he includes in the book aim to highlight different aspects of America’s war on terror in order to give readers a complete picture of the situation. The author’s inclusion of opinions from professionals in the foreign policy field lends this book a level of authenticity.

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