Hello again, everyone! Today finds us with a new book review and this time the new historic memoir, Jefferson’s America: The President, the Purchase, and the Explorers Who Transformed a Nation, by historian Julie M. Fenster.
History buffs would be hard pressed to find a more complicated personality than Thomas Jefferson. His interests were varied and expensive, driving him to near financial ruin. A brilliant conversationalist, Jefferson could also be prickly with people who did not share his education, beliefs, and background.
In this new telling Jefferson’s story, which uses a framework of political urgency, emotion, and importance to discuss Jefferson’s role in the Louisiana purchase and westward expansion .
There are also small morality tales embedded in the story. Fenster uses the relationship between John Adams and Jefferson as a metaphor for the ways in which close friends don’t always agree. By pondering Jefferson’s feelings about the various deaths in his family spurned his political interests as well.
This book is an awesome read. To find out more about this book, click here.
Please note, I was provided with a copy of the this book for review. All opinions are my own, thank you.