Andrew Jackson: A Biography

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St. Martin's Press, Sep 2, 2008 - History - 224 pages
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The newest addition to Palgrave's Great Generals series focuses on Andrew Jackson's career including his time as a general in Tennessee and his rise up the Army ranks. Jackson's effective use of spies in war time and of martial law in peace time sparked a debate about the curtailing of civil liberties in the name of national security that continues to this day. Most of all, Jackson was a great motivator who could, with a few carefully selected words and by his own brave example, turn around starved, deserting troops, convincing them to fight. With dramatic scenes of fierce battles and victories, Remini reveals here why Jackson's bold leadership as a general led to his election as President of the United States in 1828.

 

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User Review  - ohernaes - LibraryThing

Quite a character, both child soldier, orphan, lawyer, Indian killer, general, president. Probably not easy to be with, could be rash and manipulative. Scheming politician and demagogue. Did what suited his (sometimes idiosyncratic) interests. Read full review

ANDREW JACKSON: A Biography

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A slim account of Old Hickory's military career by a leading historian of the period.Remini (History/Univ. of Illinois at Chicago; The Life of Andrew Jackson, 2003, etc.) leans over backward to see ... Read full review

Contents

The Creek War
41
The Battle of New Orleans
79
The First Seminole War
123
The End of Military Service
165
The Military Legacy
175
Notes
183
Index
197
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Robert V. Remini won the National Book Award for the third volume of his definitive biography of Andrew Jackson and is the author of biographies of Henry Clay and Daniel Webster and others. He is professor of history emeritus and research professor of humanities emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Remini is the official historian at the House of Representatives. He lives in Wilmette, IL.

General Wesley K. Clark was NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is author of A Time to Lead, as well as the best selling books Waging Modern War and Winning Modern Wars.

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