Saturday, August 20, 2016
Jefferson's America by Julie M. Fenster
The President, The Purchase, and the Explorers who Transformed a Nation
Wow!! I did it. I finally made it through this book. It feels like I have been reading and reading and reading and reading, are you getting the idea, it.
When I was looking to pick a book a long while back now, I wasn't finding anything that was striking me and I decided I should read more history and learn about the past, so I saw this book and thought it would be a good one to start with. I was unprepared for the size of the book. I'm not sure why I thought it would be a smallish book, think novel size, but it's a nice hardcover book instead.
It turned out to be a very interesting read. It talked a lot about Lewis and Clark and their explorations and also some of the other ones that you don't read as much about. Zebulon Pike, for example, I knew the name, but never realized that's where Pike's Peak got its name. Then there were explorers like Freeman and Dunbar who I had never heard of. So it definitely fulfilled the thing of me reading history and learning more about our country and the people that helped discover and settle it.
I will be honest, I was probably looking for a little less in depth history lesson, but I thought Julie did do a good job of getting the details. To me, there were so many names and places mentioned that if you didn't read it consistently on a daily basis, you lost track of who she was talking about. Another thing I didn't like as well was she could switch from explorer to explorer to talking about Jefferson, the President, to some other place all within a page or two, so it hopped around a lot. I didn't like that as much, but I will say Julie made the transition very easy. The writing isn't disjointed or hard to follow
So if you are looking for an in-depth view of the Louisiana Purchase and the Cold War of that era between the United States and Spain, then I would recommend this book.
This book was given me by Blogging for Books for the purpose of reading and writing a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
with Craig Borlase A Muslim refugee's story of harrowing escape, miraculous rescue, and the quiet call of Jesus This is an amazing,...
The One Word that Changes Everything for Your Marriage I have read a few marriage books in the last couple of years. My goal is to read ...
Logan Isaiah Glick Born on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 7:05 PM He weighed 7 lbs 13 oz and was 21 inches long. We have al...
Ah yes, this was just what the doctor ordered. I've wanted to review Dorcas' last book or two and was always too chicken to ask, b...