Jon Meacham, the bestselling author of Destiny and Power and Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, understands what a President needs to know. By comparing the leaders of today against those of the past, he can analyze the Presidential candidates better than most. In his latest TIME cover story on Republican Nominee, Donald Trump, “Gut Check,” he does just that, pitting Trump against history.
How did this unconventional candidate make his way to the convention? What does he offer that others do not? Is he what the country needs right now? Meacham looks at the previous presidents and finds where Trump fits in and how he stands out. Amidst a whirlwind campaign that seems to change from minute to minute, Meacham slows things down, examines Trump, and the requirements for being President.
Presidential historian, Pulitzer Prize-winner, and contributing editor at TIME, 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 and analyzes how issues and events impact our lives.