Thomas Jefferson: President & Philosopher

By MEACHAM, Jon

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ISBN
9780385387491 9780385387507
Publisher
Crown


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on October 1, 2014  |  Grades 5 and Up

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 t...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on September 1, 2014

This young readers' version of Meacham's Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power contains more illustrations and less text than the original adult release. Whereas Meacham focused his adult book on how Jefferson created his place in history, adapter Thomson focuses on who he was. Jefferson had a privileged youth, complete with an enviable education and the luxury to explore philosophical and scientific ideas. Thomson highlights these traits of intelligence and curiosity and shows how they eventually led to Jefferson...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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