Jefferson's Pen

The Art of Persuasion

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Author: Arthur L. Rizer

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781634253901

Category: History

Page: 298

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This focus of this book is to examine Thomas Jefferson the persuasive writer, and to analyze and extract some of the lessons his life and works offer, so that we might be able to improve in our own careers.

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

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Author: Jon Meacham

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0679645365

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 800

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NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • The Washington Post • Entertainment Weekly • The Seattle Times • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Bloomberg Businessweek In this magnificent biography, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of American Lion and Franklin and Winston brings vividly to life an extraordinary man and his remarkable times. Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power gives us 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. Such is the art of power. Thomas Jefferson hated confrontation, and yet his understanding of power and of human nature enabled him to move men and to marshal ideas, to learn from his mistakes, and to prevail. Passionate about many things—women, his family, books, science, architecture, gardens, friends, Monticello, and Paris—Jefferson loved America most, and he strove over and over again, despite fierce opposition, to realize his vision: the creation, survival, and success of popular government in America. Jon Meacham lets us see Jefferson’s world as Jefferson himself saw it, and to appreciate how Jefferson found the means to endure and win in the face of rife partisan division, economic uncertainty, and external threat. Drawing on archives in the United States, England, and France, as well as unpublished Jefferson presidential papers, Meacham presents Jefferson as the most successful political leader of the early republic, and perhaps in all of American history. The father of the ideal of individual liberty, of the Louisiana Purchase, of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and of the settling of the West, Jefferson recognized that the genius of humanity—and the genius of the new nation—lay in the possibility of progress, of discovering the undiscovered and seeking the unknown. From the writing of the Declaration of Independence to elegant dinners in Paris and in the President’s House; from political maneuverings in the boardinghouses and legislative halls of Philadelphia and New York to the infant capital on the Potomac; from his complicated life at Monticello, his breathtaking house and plantation in Virginia, to the creation of the University of Virginia, Jefferson was central to the age. Here too is the personal Jefferson, a man of appetite, sensuality, and passion. The Jefferson story resonates today not least because he led his nation through ferocious partisanship and cultural warfare amid economic change and external threats, and also because he embodies an eternal drama, the struggle of the leadership of a nation to achieve greatness in a difficult and confounding world. Praise for Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power “This is probably the best single-volume biography of Jefferson ever written.”—Gordon S. Wood “A big, grand, absorbing exploration of not just Jefferson and his role in history but also Jefferson the man, humanized as never before.”—Entertainment Weekly “[Meacham] captures who Jefferson was, not just as a statesman but as a man. . . . By the end of the book . . . the reader is likely to feel as if he is losing a dear friend. . . . [An] absorbing tale.”—The Christian Science Monitor “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 From the Hardcover edition.

Master of the Mountain

Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves

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Author: Henry Wiencek

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 1466827785

Category: History

Page: 352

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Is there anything new to say about Thomas Jefferson and slavery? The answer is a resounding yes. Master of the Mountain, Henry Wiencek's eloquent, persuasive book—based on new information coming from archaeological work at Monticello and on hitherto overlooked or disregarded evidence in Jefferson's papers—opens up a huge, poorly understood dimension of Jefferson's world. We must, Wiencek suggests, follow the money. So far, historians have offered only easy irony or paradox to explain this extraordinary Founding Father who was an emancipationist in his youth and then recoiled from his own inspiring rhetoric and equivocated about slavery; who enjoyed his renown as a revolutionary leader yet kept some of his own children as slaves. But Wiencek's Jefferson is a man of business and public affairs who makes a success of his debt-ridden plantation thanks to what he calls the "silent profits" gained from his slaves—and thanks to a skewed moral universe that he and thousands of others readily inhabited. We see Jefferson taking out a slave-equity line of credit with a Dutch bank to finance the building of Monticello and deftly creating smoke screens when visitors are dismayed by his apparent endorsement of a system they thought he'd vowed to overturn. It is not a pretty story. Slave boys are whipped to make them work in the nail factory at Monticello that pays Jefferson's grocery bills. Parents are divided from children—in his ledgers they are recast as money—while he composes theories that obscure the dynamics of what some of his friends call "a vile commerce." Many people of Jefferson's time saw a catastrophe coming and tried to stop it, but not Jefferson. The pursuit of happiness had been badly distorted, and an oligarchy was getting very rich. Is this the quintessential American story?

History of the United States

From Their First Settlement as Colonies, to the Cession of Florida, in Eighteen Hundred and Twenty-one: Comprising, Every Important Political Event; with a Progressive View of the Aborigines; Population, Religion, Agriculture, and Commerce ...

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Author: William Grimshaw

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: United States

Page: 308

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The Encyclopaedia Britannica

latest edition. A dictionary of arts, sciences and general literature

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Author: Day Otis Kellogg,William Robertson Smith

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Encyclopedias and dictionaries

Page: N.A

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The Art of Influence

Persuading Others Begins With You

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Author: Chris Widener

Publisher: Crown Business

ISBN: 0385521030

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 106

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Chris Widener's message about influence is refreshing: that it's not something you "do" to other people but rather something that starts with how you shape and transform your own life. Forget about manipulation and slick fast-talking; true influencers change themselves first.

Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality

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Author: Danielle Allen

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0871408139

Category: History

Page: 320

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Winner of the Zócalo Book Prize Shortlisted for the 2015 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize, Society of American Historians “A tour de force. . . . No one has ever written a book on the Declaration quite like this one.”—Gordon Wood, New York Review of Books Featured on the front page of the New York Times, Our Declaration is already regarded as a seminal work that reinterprets the promise of American democracy through our founding text. Combining a personal account of teaching the Declaration with a vivid evocation of the colonial world between 1774 and 1777, Allen, a political philosopher renowned for her work on justice and citizenship reveals our nation’s founding text to be an animating force that not only changed the world more than two-hundred years ago, but also still can. Challenging conventional wisdom, she boldly makes the case that the Declaration is a document as much about political equality as about individual liberty. Beautifully illustrated throughout, Our Declaration is an “uncommonly elegant, incisive, and often poetic primer on America’s cardinal text” (David M. Kennedy).

On These Walls

Inscriptions & Quotations in the Library of Congress

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Author: John Young Cole

Publisher: Scala Books

ISBN: 9781857595451

Category: History

Page: 128

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The three imposing buildings of the Library of Congress-the Thomas Jefferson Building, the John Adams Building, and the James Madison Memorial Building-are feats of architecture that hold America's knowledge on their shelves and in their drawers. But the

Lincoln's Counsel

Lessons from America's Most Persuasive Speaker

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Author: Arthur L. Rizer

Publisher: Amer Bar Assn

ISBN: 9781616320409

Category: History

Page: 248

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Through examples from Lincoln's great speeches and closing arguments—Lincoln's Inaugural Speeches, the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation and more—this book instructs you in the art of persuasion in two simple ways: by providing lessons from Lincoln's career as a lawyer and politician, and by analyzing those lessons and discussing how to apply them to your own life. Lincoln's Counsel gives important advice about advocacy straight from the very best.

The Enigma of Reason

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Author: Hugo Mercier,Dan Sperber

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674368304

Category: Philosophy

Page: 408

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If reason is so useful and reliable, why didn’t it evolve in other animals and why do humans produce so much thoroughly reasoned nonsense? Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber argue that reason is not geared to solitary use. It evolved to help justify our beliefs to others, evaluate their arguments, and better exploit our uniquely rich social environment.

The Court Journal

Gazette of the Fashionable World, Literature, Music, and the Fine Arts

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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The Scratch of a Pen

1763 and the Transformation of North America

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Author: Colin G. Calloway

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195331273

Category: History

Page: 219

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Examines how the Treaty of Paris of 1763 created unexpected consequences, including confusion among settlers about new boundaries, the weakening of Britain's hold on its American colonies, and growing conflicts between settlers and Indian tribes. Reprint.

The Athenæum

A Journal of Literature, Science, the Fine Arts, Music, and the Drama

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Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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Page: N.A

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A Free People's Suicide

Sustainable Freedom and the American Future

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Author: Os Guinness

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830866825

Category: Religion

Page: 225

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2013 Logos Book of the Year in Christianity/Culture! "If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." Abraham Lincoln Nothing is more daring in the American experiment than the founders' belief that the American republic could remain free forever. But how was this to be done, and are Americans doing it today? It is not enough for freedom to be won. It must also be sustained. Cultural observer Os Guinness argues that the American experiment in freedom is at risk. Summoning historical evidence on how democracies evolve, Guinness shows that contemporary views of freedom--most typically, a negative freedom from constraint-- are unsustainable because they undermine the conditions necessary for freedom to thrive. He calls us to reconsider the audacity of sustainable freedom and what it would take to restore it. "In the end," Guinness writes, "the ultimate threat to the American republic will be Americans. The problem is not wolves at the door but termites in the floor." The future of the republic depends on whether Americans will rise to the challenge of living up to America's unfulfilled potential for freedom, both for itself and for the world.