Thomas Jefferson's Enlightenment: Paris 1785THOMAS JEFFERSON’S ENLIGHTENMENT


PARIS 1785


Genre: History/Thomas Jefferson/non-fiction narrative

Source: Received for an honest review

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Commonwealth Books; Illustrated Edition edition (February 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985486317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985486310


As portrayed in this colorful book, Thomas Jefferson is not quite the monument that readers learn about in school. In a new kind of nonfiction narrative, Jefferson’s transformation from frontiersman and political loner into cosmopolitan political leader is taught by submerging the reader in the things that Jefferson did and saw on his travels to Paris in 1785. Featuring 168 museum-quality reproductions of period maps, Parisian scenes, and portraits of the lumieres who welcomed the untraveled American into the salons of prerevolutionary Paris, readers accompany Pierre Cabanis and his aspiring protégé to public gardens, the theatre, salons, the grain exchange, and along the bustling, stinking thoroughfares of the French capital. They accompany Jefferson as he settles into the most elegant and debauched society in the world. Because they are with Jefferson as Cabanis instructs him on the French concept of Progress, they understand how Jefferson became its agent and how his new vision of himself and his role in the world prepared the Father of the Enlightenment in America for the political contest he entered when he returned home.


THOMAS JEFFERSON’S ENLIGHTENMENT: ILLUSTRATED EDITION PARIS 1785 is an interesting History/Thomas Jefferson/a non-fiction narrative. What an enlightenment!! Loved this book!!

“The “illustrated edition” provides an overview to the author’s book-length nonfiction narrative of Jefferson’s experience in  France”.

It is filled with illustrations, easy to follow, political ambition, and so much more. You find out so much about Thomas Jefferson you didn’t know, or I didn’t anyway. How he became who he was. He learned things during his journey though France, he used in his political career. The author has captured a time, events and the life of a young Thomas Jefferson. You must read this book, if you are a history bluff, or enjoy historical events, or just love to learn more. “Thomas Jefferson, grasped the concept of Progress using the French concept”. A must have for any library, young and old alike will enjoy this book. Received for an honest review.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More