Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times

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Anchor Books, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 620 pages
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In this, the first major single-volume biography of Andrew Jackson in decades, H.W. Brands reshapes our understanding of this fascinating man, and of the Age of Democracy that he ushered in.


An orphan at a young age and without formal education or the family lineage of the Founding Fathers, Jackson showed that the Presidency was not the exclusive province of the wealthy and the well-born but could truly be held by a man of the people. On a majestic, sweeping scale Brands re-creates Jackson's rise from his hardscrabble roots to his days as frontier lawyer, then on to his heroic victory in the Battle of New Orleans, and finally to the White House. Capturing Jackson's outsized life and deep impact on American history, Brands also explores his controversial actions, from his unapologetic expansionism to the disgraceful Trail of Tears. This is a thrilling portrait, in full, of the president who defined American democracy.

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User Review  - kaulsu - LibraryThing

I did really enjoy this book. What little I "knew" about Jackson was incomplete and biased. As always, when rating biographies, I struggle with remaining objective. How do I keep the "writing" of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - everfresh1 - LibraryThing

Excellent, almost ideal, historical biography. The author manages to give all the background material that is necessary, without compromising reader's interest in the character of Andrew Jackson. Very few biographers manage to do that. Of course, interesting times and interesting characters help. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

H. W. Brands is the Dickson Allen Anderson Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. The author of Lone Star Nation and The Age of Gold, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Biography for The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin. He lives with his family in Austin, Texas.

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