Presidential Historian and Author
Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winner and contributor to TIME
and The New York Times
Book Review, Jon Meacham is one of America's most prominent public intellectuals. A regular guest on Morning Joe, he is known as a skilled raconteur with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion and current affairs. He understands how issues and events impact our lives and why historical context matters.
Meacham's latest Presidential biography, Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush
, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestsellers list in November 2015. The Times
said, "Destiny and Power reflects the qualities of both subject and biographer: judicious, balanced, deliberative, with a deep appreciation of history and the personalities who shape it."
His #1 New York Times
bestseller, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power
, was hailed as "masterful and intimate" by Fortune magazine. His other national bestsellers include Franklin and Winston
, American Gospel
, and American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009.
A contributing editor at TIME
, Meacham writes for the magazine's "Ideas" section. He also pens "The Long View" column in The New York Times
Book Review in which he "looks back at books that speak to our current historical and cultural moment." He served as Newsweek's managing editor from 1998 to 2006 and editor from 2006 to 2010. The New York Times
called him "one of the most influential editors in the news magazine business."
Meacham has appeared on Meet The Press
, The Colbert Report
and Ken Burns' documentary series The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
. Fox News produced an hour-long special about Meacham's Destiny and Power
in November 2015.
Named a "Global Leader for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum, he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the Society of American Historians, and chairs the National Advisory Board of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University. Meacham is a Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at The University of the South and a Visiting Distinguished Professor at Vanderbilt.
He is currently at work on a biography of James and Dolley Madison.