Jackson: A Novel

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Bantam Books, 1998 - Fiction - 421 pages
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In this sweeping, marvelously written novel, Max Byrd, the celebrated author ofJefferson and Grant, presents a superb portrait of Andrew Jackson, a President remembered for his strong will and tempestuous nature—and regarded as “the most dangerous man in America” by none other than Thomas Jefferson.

He became a legend during the War of 1812. He was a slave owner, land speculator, and Indian fighter. He stole another man's wife, murdered men in duels, and ordered military executions. But Andrew Jackson was also an impassioned supporter of universal suffrage and an ardent believer in the will of the people. Here the story of our controversial seventh President is told from a variety of viewpoints, including that of a young writer named David Chase who discovers, on the eve of the presidential election, a secret that could change the future of the nation. Along the way, readers encounter such notable figures as John Quincy Adams, Aaron Burr, and Sam Houston, and bear witness toan America in transition—and a man as unpredictable as democracy itself.

“Max Byrd's historical novels about the third and seventh presidents bring both men alive in ways that only a literary imagination can.”—George F. Will,The Washington Post

“With Jackson, [Max] Byrd has vaulted . . . into the front rank of American historical novelists.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Vivid and compelling . . . a convincing and intriguing portrait of Jackson as he might have been.”—The Plain Dealer

“Full of action, emotion, and insight, Max Byrd's Jackson deserves to stand with the finest works of historical fiction.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“Grounded in excellent, detailed historical research, Byrd paints a rich, multilayered portrait.”—Chicago Tribune

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In some ways a sequel to his well-researched Jefferson (1993), Byrd's latest is a superior novel to that earlier effort—lusty and lively in its view of the American political scene, circa 1828, yet ... Read full review

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This work is a well-written biography within a fairly well-written novel. The novel segment opens in 1828 as Andrew Jackson is making his second run for the presidency. David Chase has been ... Read full review

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Max Byrd is the acclaimed author of Jefferson, Jackson, Grant, Shooting the Sun, and many other novels. An authority on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American history, Byrd lives in Davis, California.

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