Saturday, July 23, 2016

Jefferson's America - Book Review


Jefferson's America, The President, the Purchase, and the Explorers who Transformed a Nation by Julia M. Fenster is an in depth look at the characters involved in the time period of Jefferson's presidency and the events that took place during that time.

I appreciated the breadth of historical events and people that Julia brings to life in her book. However, in order to present a wide array of characters, it means that there is not time to get to know any of them very well.  I was expecting a book more specifically focused on Jefferson's life, but this book gave a much broader view of the circumstances surrounding his life.

The book is very much about the exploration that took place during Jefferson's lifetime.  I would recommend it to someone who already has a foundational knowledge of this historical era, as it was a challenge for someone who is not as familiar with it.  I would also recommend this book to someone who appreciates seeing the bigger picture of what's going on rather than focusing just on one part.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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