Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 10, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 656 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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Andrew Jackson, His Life and Times by H.W. Brands 2005 The primary reason I bought this book was to compare the only other "populist" president I knew of, with the current one. I know Jackson did some ... Read full review

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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

Contents

CHILD OF THE REVOLUTION 17671805
3
Could Have Shot Him
9
Alone
29
Away West
42
Shadowed Love
56
Republicans and Revolutionaries
66
Fighting Words
83
Rendering Judgment
96
Party and Politics
312
Judge and Executioner
322
The Eye of the Storm
332
Conquistador
342
37
363
The Death Rattle of the Old Regime
376
Democracy Triumphant
389
Democracy Rampant
406

SON OF THE WEST 18051814
113
to Affair of Honor
129
All Must Feel the Injuries
139
Master and Slaves
147
Nor Infamy upon US
154
Native Genius
164
Old Hickory
174
Sharp Knife
198
The River of Blood
205
AMERICAN HERO 18141821
225
The Spanish Front
236
Pirates and Patriots
249
Day of Deliverance
263
The Second Washington
284
East by Southwest
300
Spoils of Pictory
414
Tools of Wickedness 42ſ
421
Jacksonian Theory
439
Attack and Counterattack
455
Or Die with the Union
472
Justice Marshall for the Defense
483
Wealth versus Commonwealth
494
4o An Old Friend and a New Frontier
506
371845
529
To the Ramparis Once More
553
Sources
567
Annotated Bibliography
598
Acknowledgments
608
Index
609
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H. W. BRANDS holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin. A New York Times bestselling author, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography for The First American and Traitor to His Class.

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