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Title:
Thomas Jefferson : president & philosopher
Author:
Meacham, Jon.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Crown Books for Young Readers, [2014]
Physical Description:
321 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Summary:
"In this special illustrated edition of the #1 New York Times bestselling Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham, young readers will learn about the life and political philosophy of one of our Founding Fathers"--
Language:
English
Contents:
The art of power -- A fortunate son -- What fixed the destinies of my life -- Roots of revolution -- Temptations and trials -- A world of desire and denial -- There is no peace -- The famous Mr. Jefferson -- The course of human events -- The pull of duty -- Redcoats at Monticello -- A struggle for respect -- His head and his heart -- A treaty in Paris -- A new post in New York -- In wait at Monticello -- To the vice presidency -- A desperate state of affairs -- The new order of things begins -- The air of enchantment! -- The people were never more happy -- A deep, dark, and widespread conspiracy -- A farewell to ultimate power -- We are to have war then? -- The wolf by the ear -- No, Doctor, nothing more -- All honor to Jefferson -- In Jefferson's world.
Reading Level:
1020 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780385387507

9780385387491
Format :
Book

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In this special illustrated edition of the #1 New York Times bestselling Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham, young readers will learn about the life and political philosophy of one of our Founding Fathers. This book is a must-read for President's Day!

Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States. He was one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence. But he was also a lawyer and an ambassador, an inventor and a scientist. He had a wide range of interests and hobbies, but his consuming interest was the survival and success of the United States.

This book contains a note from Meacham and over 100 archival illustrations, as well as sections throughout the text about subjects such as the Boston Tea Party, the Library of Congress, and Napol#65533;on Bonaparte. Additional materials include a time li‚Ȇ a family tree; a Who's Who in Jefferson's world; sections on Jefferson's original writings and correspondence, "inventions," interests, places in Jefferson's world, finding Jefferson in the United States today, additional reading, organizations, and websites; notes; a bibliography; and an index. This adaptation, ideal for those interested in American presidents, biographies, and the founding of the American republic, is an excellent example of informational writing and reflects Meacham's extensive research using primary source material.

Praise for Thomas Jefferson: President and Philosopher
"A solid resource for young people intrigued by Jefferson." - Booklist

"Comprehensive and engaging." - Scholastic Instructor

"There is a surprising paucity of books about Jefferson at this level and this handsome, well-written, and engaging volume fills that literary gap." - Horn Book

"Wonderfully written and crafted... Entertaining for both kids and adults alike." - KidsReads.com


Author Notes

Jon Meacham was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on May 20, 1969. He received a degree in English literature at the University of the South. He joined Newsweek as a writer in 1995. Three years later, at the age of 29, he was promoted to managing editor, supervising coverage of politics, international affairs, and breaking news. In 2006, he was promoted to editor at Newsweek. He is currently an executive editor at Random House.

He won the Pulitzer Prize for American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House in 2009. His other works include Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation. In 2001, he edited Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement. In 2013 his title Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power made The New York Times Best Seller List. In 2015 Meacham's title Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush made The New York Times Best Seller List. His most recent book is entitled The Soul of America: The Battle for our Better Angels (2018).


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Booklist Review

Though his name may be new to the children's book field, Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, editor, and commentator whose adult title Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (2012) has been widely praised. In adapting that lengthy tome for young people, Thomson stays close to Meacham's original biography, using many passages verbatim and somewhat rewording others. The nice selection of illustrations includes period paintings, prints, and documents, as well as maps and photos of sites and artifacts, though the lack of color reproduction detracts from the book's visual appeal. Throughout the biography, information about Jefferson's personal life is interspersed with narrative and commentary on his political career. Placing his actions within the context of his times, the narrative offers thoughtful discussions of multifaceted topics, from his relationship with Sally Hemings to his expansion of presidential powers with the Louisiana Purchase to the difficulty of squaring his moral certainty with his political hesitancy on the issue of slavery. A solid resource for young people intrigued by Jefferson.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2014 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Thomas Jefferson was an idealist who was drawn to the cause of individual rights and a pragmatist who saw the need to take practical steps to get things done. That interpretation frames this adaptation for young readers of Meacham's Pulitzer Prize-winning adult biography, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (Random, 2013). Readers will see this mix of idealism and pragmatism again and again during Jefferson's career. Meacham first introduces these themes in the prologue, develops them throughout the book, and later reinforces them in the epilogue, making the book useful for introducing Common Core State Standard concepts, such as determining the author's point of view and the reasons and evidence provided to support it. The biographer presents important issues in American history, particularly those surrounding the beginnings of our nation, and a strong discussion of Jefferson's failure to deal with the issue of slavery. Students will also learn about significant people Jefferson encountered during his career: George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and James Madison. The single shortcoming of this informative adaptation is its inability to capture Meacham's nuanced style and appealing storytelling. In reducing his 800-page biography by more than half, this adaptation has reduced his engaging narrative to shorter, often choppy, and much simpler sentences. Compare this title with Milton Meltzer's livelier account, Thomas Jefferson: The Revolutionary Aristocrat (Franklin Watts, 1991), which has stood the test of time well. Nevertheless, readers will be rewarded with a coherent, well-supported explanation of a complex man.-Myra Zarnowski, City University of New York (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.