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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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

Andrew Jackson, his life and times

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Brands (history, Univ. of Texas, Austin; The Age of Gold ) displays his masterly storytelling skills with this thoughtful, frank, and readable biography of a complex individual possessed of many ... Read full review


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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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