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Published on Jan 8, 2013
In this short clip historian and author Jon Meacham discusses how studying the past can help us analyze and understand big issues of today, like Climate Change.
Contributing Editor, Time magazine; Author, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
Dr. Joseph Fink, President Emeritus, Dominican University of California - Moderator
Thomas Jefferson hated confrontation, and yet, according to Meacham, his understanding of power and human nature enabled him to prevail. In his biography of Jefferson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author brings to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us Jefferson the politician and president, a complex human being forever engaged in the wars of his era. Philosophers think; politicians maneuver. Jefferson's genius, Meacham argues, was that he was both and could do both, often simultaneously. Such is the art of power.