American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 11, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 483 pages
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Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency. Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy. Jackson’s election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people, not distant elites, were the guiding force in American politics. Democracy made its stand in the Jackson years, and he gave voice to the hopes and the fears of a restless, changing nation facing challenging times at home and threats abroad. To tell the saga of Jackson’s presidency, acclaimed author Jon Meacham goes inside the Jackson White House. Drawing on newly discovered family letters and papers, he details the human drama–the family, the women, and the inner circle of advisers–that shaped Jackson’s private world through years of storm and victory.

One of our most significant yet dimly recalled presidents, Jackson was a battle-hardened warrior, the founder of the Democratic Party, and the architect of the presidency as we know it. His story is one of violence, sex, courage, and tragedy. With his powerful persona, his evident bravery, and his mystical connection to the people, Jackson moved the White House from the periphery of government to the center of national action, articulating a vision of change that challenged entrenched interests to heed the popular will–or face his formidable wrath. The greatest of the presidents who have followed Jackson in the White House–from Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt to FDR to Truman–have found inspiration in his example, and virtue in his vision.

Jackson was the most contradictory of men. The architect of the removal of Indians from their native lands, he was warmly sentimental and risked everything to give more power to ordinary citizens. He was, in short, a lot like his country: alternately kind and vicious, brilliant and blind; and a man who fought a lifelong war to keep the republic safe–no matter what it took.

Jon Meacham in American Lion has delivered the definitive human portrait of a pivotal president who forever changed the American presidency–and America itself.


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User Review  - ChrisNorbury - LibraryThing

Well done, thorough biography of Pres. Jackson. My takeaway is that politics haven't changed much in almost 200 years, and the desire for a select few to rule the world via the monetary system is ... Read full review

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User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

When you try and tackle a subject as complicated as Andrew Jackson, and limit a book to just his presidency, it's just impossible to properly portray the man in the White House. So for those who have ... Read full review

Contents

Andy Will Fight His Way in the World
19
1 Defeat and a Victory
41
You Know Best My Dear
52
Ladies Wars Are Always Fierce and Hot
70
A Buayhudy Peshylein Clergyman
80
20
115
Liberty and Union Now and Forever
124
+1
129
So You Want
281
The Wretchcd Victim of a Dreadful Delusion
302
Not One Would Have Ever Got Out Alive
315
Fear Emily Will Not Recover
326
Epilogue He Still Lives
355
Author s Note and Acknowledgments
364
Notes
371
Have Been Left to Sup Alone
409

General Jackson Rules by His Personal Popularity
135
He Appeared to Feel as a Father
260
The People Sir Are with
266
We Are in the Midst of a Revolution
275
Bibliography
448
Illustration Credits
463
321
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About the author (2008)

Jon Meacham is the editor of Newsweek and author of American Lion and the New York Times bestsellers Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship and American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation. He lives in New York City with his wife and children.


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