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‘Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power,’ by Jon Meacham

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American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham, http://amzn.to/R7br1i

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Today's Word of the Day is gainsay. Learn its definition, pronunciation, etymology and more. Join over 19 million fans who boost their vocabulary every day.

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What would you say in a letter to @michelleobama? For @tmagazine’s #tgreats issue, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, @gloriasteinem, Jon Meacham and @rashidajones wrote thank-you notes to the first lady, who @gloriasteinem describes as “a tall, strong, elegant and seriously smart woman” who happens to live in the @whitehouse. “The important thing,” Jon Meacham writes, “is that Mrs. Obama, a clear-eyed lawyer, found a way to withstand the scrutiny of the spotlight. ... To borrow a phrase from…

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"When Hitler dominated the Continent, staring across the English Channel, Winston Churchill stood alone and stared back. Some respectable people in Britain would have cut a deal and let Hitler rule much of Europe." Franklin and Winston by Jon Meacham

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Andrew Jackson, the military commander turned President, ruled with a kind of tyranny of popular will. Famous for paying off the debt and for the forced relocation of Indians to Oklahoma (the "Trail of Tears"), his brash and bold leadership defined his time: the Jacksonian Era. Perhaps the best biography of our 7th President is "American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House" by Jon Meacham. A thorough exploration of his time can be found in "What Hath God Wrought" by Daniel Walker Howe.

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February is a great month to read up on our U.S. Presidents! Some of the books we have available for checkout include: Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard's "Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot", "His Excellency: George Washington" by Joseph J. Ellis, "Lincoln's War" by Geoffrey Perret, & "American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House" by Jon Meacham (at Central City Public Library in Central City, Nebraska). www.tagxedo.com/ was used to make the "Lincoln/Washington" part of the display sign.

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The New York Times' Michael Shear and Random House's Jon Meacham join the Morning Joe panel to discuss the transfer of power and the roadblocks that the Obama administration has set up.

American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation by Jon Meacham, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OI0G2A/ref=cm_sw_r_pi_alp_s.dTqb0JCWKTY

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