January 16, 2007
Jon Meacham


Jon Meacham

"American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation"

Underwritten by: Macatawa Bank

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Named "one of the most influential editors in the news magazine business" by The New York Times , Jon Meacham, at the age of 29, became managing editor of Newsweek . Now 35, he is also a bestselling author of two books, " Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship " and his newly released " American Gospel: God, the founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation ". Meacham oversees Newsweek's coverage of politics, international affairs and breaking news. He has written cover stories on the controversy over Mel Gibson's The Passion, guns in America , the sexual abuse scandals of the Roman Catholic Church and modern depictions of World War II in Hollywood movies. An eloquent speaker, Meacham understands important issues and events in all of their complexity and how they impact our lives. He has appeared on such programs as The Charlie Rose Show, The Today Show, The O'Reilly Factor and Hardball.