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What’s it like to write a biography of a living president? Jon Meacham knows. He discusses the opportunities and complications of writing “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush,”  Sunday Jan. 31 on Well Read.

Meacham, author of prize-winning biographies of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson,  appears at 12:30 p.m. Sunday on Seattle’s KCTS Channel 9. He’s interviewed by host Terry Tazioli about the process of putting together the Bush biography.

Meacham had full access to Bush, and he interviewed multiple family members, co-workers, friends and enemies. Did he get to the essence of this complicated man? You’ll have to read the book, or get a start with this Seattle Times review.  Here’s a brief interview with Meacham in which he talks about some of his favorite books. For more information on Well Read, the books and authors show, go to