Jon Meacham's favorite reads of 2020

Adrian Liang on November 27, 2020

Jon Meacham’s favorite reads of 2020

Jon Meacham’s curiosity is wide ranging even as he dives deep into the details that make a story come truly alive. In his latest book, His Truth Is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope, Meacham explores the life of one of our modern heroes. Said Amazon senior editor Al Woodworth about this book, “Meacham brings his signature eloquence and insight to the biography of John Lewis—a man who put his body on the line and fought for civil rights throughout his life and in so doing helped change America.”

What does Jon Meacham read when he’s not writing? Here are four of his recent favorites.

Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.

A fascinating look at what the writings of James Baldwin can tell us as the nation continues to struggle with systemic racism and the legacies of slavery and segregation.

The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker II by Peter Baker and Susan Glasser

Two of our preeminent journalists craft a revealing portrait of James A. Baker III, arguably the most talented public servant of the past half century who didn't make it to the Oval Office on his own.

Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

I'm a hopeless Trollopian and re-read several of his novels every year. This one, from the Barchester series, is about Trollope's favorite topics: love and money

The Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle between the White House and the Media—from the Founding Fathers to Fake News by Harold Holzer

A useful and detailed reminder of the inherent tensions of a free society—and how mature presidents handle the cut-and-thrust of the arena.

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