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American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

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ISBN13: 9780812973464
ISBN10: 0812973461
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Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency. Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy. Jacksons election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people, not distant elites, were the guiding force in American politics. Democracy made its stand in the Jackson years, and he gave voice to the hopes and the fears of a restless, changing nation facing challenging times at home and threats abroad. To tell the saga of Jacksons presidency, acclaimed author Jon Meacham goes inside the Jackson White House. Drawing on newly discovered family letters and papers, he details the human drama-the family, the women, and the inner circle of advisers-that shaped Jacksons private world through years of storm and victory.

One of our most significant yet dimly recalled presidents, Jackson was a battle-hardened warrior, the founder of the Democratic Party, and the architect of the presidency as we know it. His story is one of violence, sex, courage, and tragedy. With his powerful persona, his evident bravery, and his mystical connection to the people, Jackson moved the White House from the periphery of government to the center of national action, articulating a vision of change that challenged entrenched interests to heed the popular will-or face his formidable wrath. The greatest of the presidents who have followed Jackson in the White House-from Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt to FDR to Truman-have found inspiration in his example, and virtue in his vision.

Jackson was the most contradictory of men. The architect of the removal of Indians from their native lands, he was warmly sentimental and risked everything to give more power to ordinary citizens. He was, in short, a lot like his country: alternately kind and vicious, brilliant and blind; and a man who fought a lifelong war to keep the republic safe-no matter what it took.

Jon Meacham in American Lion has delivered the definitive human portrait of a pivotal president who forever changed the American presidency-and America itself.

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About the Author

Jon Meacham is the editor of Newsweek and author of American Lion and the New York Times bestsellers Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship and American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation. He lives in New York City with his wife and children.

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Margie, June 10, 2009 (view all comments by Margie)
A man who turned his back on American Indians and was part of the forced removal should be vilified, not praised. But, hey, he was a president and part of history so I guess that makes it okay. NOT!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812973464
Author:
Meacham, Jon
Publisher:
Random House Trade
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Presidents -- United States.
Subject:
Jackson, Andrew
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
New York Times Notable Books
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 16-PP B/W PHOTO INSERTS
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
9.22x6.08x1.42 in. 1.50 lbs.

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