What's the Deal? Jefferson, Napoleon, and the Louisiana Purchase by Rhoda Blumberg, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
What's the Deal? Jefferson, Napoleon, and the Louisiana Purchase

What's the Deal? Jefferson, Napoleon, and the Louisiana Purchase

by Rhoda Blumberg
     
 
This entertaining saga brings to life the intense negotiations between Napoleon and Jefferson over this legendary land deal. Art from the period, maps, a timeline, endnotes, a bibliography, and index give young readers all the resources they need to understand the period in which the Purchase took place.

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This entertaining saga brings to life the intense negotiations between Napoleon and Jefferson over this legendary land deal. Art from the period, maps, a timeline, endnotes, a bibliography, and index give young readers all the resources they need to understand the period in which the Purchase took place.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Blumberg has provided a fascinating account of the events that lead up to and the personalities involved in the Louisiana Purchase. From the petty jealousies of Livingston and James Monroe, and the corruption of French politicians and ministers, to the problems of dealing with governments separated by thousands of miles of ocean, kids will have their eyes opened to the realities and difficulties faced by ambassadors in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Blumberg's captivating text reports on the situation in Europe and the conflicts between France and Spain including spies and the intrigue. In addition to the problems in Europe, there was unrest in the Caribbean and Napoleon was still recovering from his country's stinging defeat in St. Domingue, which helped to convince him to get out of North America. That the land transaction turned out to be the deal of the century is well described and enlivened by numerous reproductions and black-and-white illustrations. History doesn't get much better than in this account. It includes a Table of Contents, Cast of Characters, Time Line, Map, Notes, Bibliography and Index.
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-Despite the catchy title that suggests a narrative with a light touch, this is a straightforward, well-researched, and smoothly written book of political history. Blumberg tells the story of the clash of the competing interests of France, England, and Spain for control over New Orleans and the vast "wasteland" beyond the Mississippi River. She charts the tangled web of diplomacy, treaties made and broken, and the unexpected consequences of events seemingly unrelated to the new government in America. The Queen of Spain desired land in Italy, Toussaint L'Ouverture destroyed a French army in St. Domingue, and Napoleon overrode all advice and chose to sell the Louisiana territory if President Jefferson could meet his price. The author makes an exciting and suspenseful tale out of the negotiations and the people involved in a political bargain that would determine the future of the United States. Students of political science and American history will welcome this title with its maps, timeline, and bibliography. Casual readers and history buffs, attracted by the numerous black-and-white reproductions and clever political cartoons of the period, will enjoy the fast-paced, behind-the-scenes account of one of the most important "deals" in our country's past.-Shirley Wilton, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
This well-written book guides readers through the history of the Louisiana Purchase, from Napoleon's desire to regain the province of Louisiana for the French, to the territory's purchase by the US under President Thomas Jefferson. The purchase "was not inevitable," Blumberg (Full Steam Ahead, 1996, etc.) writes; the decision "shaped American's destiny," transforming it from a weak and vulnerable nation into a great power. The elements that shape history are clearly demonstrated in this book, which is compelling enough to read in a sitting, but organized in such a manner that it can be dipped into as an adjunct to the curriculum. Abundant maps, political cartoons, and reproductions of paintings and engravings make the subject immediate, and contribute to the inviting format that renders the coverage accessible. Blumberg backs up her conclusions with meticulous footnotes, a bibliography of primary and secondary sources, and an index. Preceding the text is a "Cast of Characters," offering capsule information on the many people appearing in the book. A great and thorough work. (b&w photos, reproductions, maps, chronology, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792270133
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
8.98(w) x 11.12(h) x 0.59(d)
Lexile:
1190L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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