From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Franklin and Winston" and "American Gospel" comes a magnificent portrait of Andrew Jackson, the man who shaped the modern presidency. Illustrated with black-and-white photos.From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Franklin and Winston" and "American Gospel" comes a magnificent portrait of Andrew Jackson, the man who shaped the modern presidency. Illustrated with black-and-white photos.Read Less
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REVILED BY SOME HISTORIANS, JACKSON IN THE HANDS OF JON MEACHAM BECOMES A MAN OF FIERCE PATRIOTISM, COURAGE ON ONE HAND AND A BULLYING SCOUNDREL ON THE OTHER HAND. ROUGH
HEWN HE SHOULD BE RANKED AS A TOP 10 PRESIDENT.
May 9, 2010
Book is a disillusion. American Joke !
Bought the book and read it with an open mind. It is disillusion, period.
It is filled with way too much information. I could not help but think that all the information is presented to help mask all of the horrible things this president did, especially to Native Americans.
There are amy other history books, Native American oral traditions (which count as literature today), and manuscripts that shows this political figure as a tyrant who did not care for the sovereignty of Native Americans, one of the 4 core sovereignties in the American Constitution.
Andrew Jackson was a bad decision period, that the American people chose. He was not a lion. He should be called American Joke.
May 6, 2010
Got this book as we were reading it for my book group. Could not wade through it! Way too much information.
Jul 9, 2009
interesting, but not compelling
Well done and full of info but delves into some details that to me were kind of dull. Mostly enjoyed.
May 26, 2009
I am a devoted collector of books pertaining to US History, First Ladies and Presidents. Please don't let the negative reviews deter you. I really enjoyed this book and have recommended it to family members. I knew so little of Jackson and felt that Mr. Meacham brought him vitally to life with his flaws and perfections in place. Jackson's personality literally emanates from the pages. I was amazed by many events during his Presidency that directly correlate to what is happening in Government today. I am a better educated American for having read this very fine, Pulitzer Prize winning work.
Publishers Weekly, 2008-09-15 Newsweek editor and bestselling author Meacham (Franklin and Winston) offers a lively take on the seventh president's White House years. We get the Indian fighter and hero of New Orleans facing down South Carolina radicals' efforts to nullify federal laws they found unacceptable, speaking the words of democracy even if his banking and other policies strengthened local oligarchies, and doing nothing to protect southern Indians from their land-hungry white neighbors. For the first time, with Jackson, demagoguery became presidential, and his Democratic Party deepened its identification with Southern slavery. Relying on the huge mound of previous Jackson studies, Meacham can add little to this well-known story, save for the few tidbits he's unearthed in private collections rarely consulted before. What he does bring is a writer's flair and the ability to relate his story without the incrustations of ideology and position taking that often disfigure more scholarly studies of Jackson. Nevertheless, a gifted writer like Meacham might better turn his attention to tales less often told and subjects a bit tougher to enliven. 32 pages of b&w photos. (Nov. 11) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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