Jefferson’s America by Julie M. Fenster tells the story of Thomas Jefferson and the many contributions he made to our country, including the Louisiana Purchase and the strategies he used to concur the Spanish and English.
When I first saw this book I was so excited. I am a huge Thomas Jefferson fan and really enjoy reading and learning about him. I could not wait for this book to get here and I was anxiously awaiting the day the UPS guy would bring me my book. Finally it got here and I loved the cover and the fact that there was a map in the front of the book that showed what America looked like at that time; Excitement starting building even more.
Then I opened the book and started reading. That’s where the excitement ended. I could not get into this book! The beginning barely mentioned Thomas Jefferson and it kept flipping between different people and times in government. It was confusing and difficult to keep the flow going. Once I would just start to get interested in what was going on it would switch to someone else and then I had to start all over getting interested in it again. Maybe the author tried to out too much information into one book, or maybe it just needed to be better organized and laid out better, or maybe I was just expecting too much, I guess I will never know the answers but this really was not what I was expecting. I really thought this would be more about him and his time. I felt like I was reading a history text book from high school. It was a lot of just listed facts instead of putting them into a story. I was very disappointed but others really seemed to enjoy this book, to each their own.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Author’s Website: http://www.jfenster.com/