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Former Newsweek Editor Releases Thomas Jefferson Biography

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A former Newsweek editor is releasing his new biography of Thomas Jefferson at the president's home.  Jon Meacham was at Monticello Sunday afternoon to launch his new book, "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power". 

Meacham says many people view Jefferson as a philosopher rather than a politician.  The author says his book pulls readers over to Jefferson's political side. 

"I think people see Jefferson as this kind of aria philosopher, as man who lived on this hill and thought big thoughts and he did that, but he was really a hardball political operator who believed in winning enough votes to win an election, so that he could be in a position to shape history," Meacham said.

The new biography officially hits book stores and online retailers on Tuesday.

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