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Tue June 26, 2012
Good Read: American Lion by Jon Meacham
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. Jackson’s 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 Jackson’s 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 Jackson’s private world through years of storm and victory.
Todd Hill says:
“Great perspectives on the life and times of Andrew Jackson’s years in the White House – with background information on Jackson, his rivals Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun, and particularly reveailing about his circle of friends and family. Serve to humanize Jackson and, by placing him in context, to show the ironic conflicts in his vision for America and the role of the President as Executive…”
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