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The Life of Andrew Jackson

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The classic one-volume biography of Andrew Jackson

Robert V. Remini's prizewinning, three-volumn biography, "The Life of Andrew Jackson," won the National Book Award upon it's completion in 1984. Now, Remini captures the essence of the life and career of the seventh president of the United States in the meticulously crafted single-volume abridgement.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Harper Perennial (first published 1988)
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Jeremy Perron
Andrew Jackson changed the face of the Republic; his election would signify the new reality that any American man* could be president. He was he first person of common humble origins to elected to the highest office. Jackson was the first president not be from the original thirteen colonies, and the first time the nation had turned to a `Westerner**'. He is the only president to have his own time period named after him, the `Jacksonian Era.' Until Andrew Jackson came on the scene `democracy' was...more

“The Life of Andrew Jackson” by Robert Remini is the single-volume abridgment of the author’s classic three-volume series on Andrew Jackson which was published between 1977 and 1984. Although he confessed to finding the distillation process “traumatic and agonizing,” Remini’s abbreviated biography successfully crystallizes (in just one-fourth the space) the essence of his longer series and saves the reader nearly one-thousand pages in the process.

Remini wa...more
Brian Manville
America is replete with larger than life characters who seem to characterize the American spirit. Andrew Jackson is encapsulated and described in vivid detail in Robert Remini's biography of the 7th president.

A true gauge of the effectiveness of a biography is how well balanced the author treats his subject. Remini does largely succeeds in making Jackson a real person. This is not glowing hagiography nor hatchet piece. His temper, duels as well as his bullying of the Indians are not glossed over...more
The foreword to this book indicates that the author, Robert V. Remini, explains that this work is actually a reduction of a massive, academic review of President Jackson. This version is a lively, interesting exposition of this controversial and seminal Chief Executive. Jackson was born during the American Revolution of extreme poverty and grew to a national and international figure of merit, all the while being attacked by more learned opponents. Jackson is prominently remembered and many of hi...more
John Maniscalco
A great book about a great man, the story of Andrew Jackson is one of a statesman who lost everything in the American Revolution and gave everything so that the United States might live.

The book gives a great overview of Jackson's life before the presidency and gives an extremely detailed account of Jackson's victory in the Battle of New Orleans, a victory that was of critical importance to both Jackson and the power of the United States. He not only helped save the United States from invasion...more
Josh Liller
This book is a 400 page edit by the author of his three volume 1400 page biography on Jackson. I read it as assigned reading for my "Age Of Jefferson & Jackson" college class.

Remini is clearly favorable to Jackson, although importantly he does occasionally criticize some things. A main theme of the biography is to show Jackson had a fairly clear political ideology he followed, contrary to critics. I don't agree with all of Remini's conclusions, though he tries to makes a good argument.

Matt Ely
I read it because the rise of Jacksonian democracy was something I was almost completely unfamiliar with. He lived through a dynamic period, fighting in the Revolution at a young teenager, commanding and winning the final battle in the War of 1812, and working hard to stave off the inevitable forces of secession.

Jackson has a reputation as a violent man, and it has scarred our collective memory of him. Of course, the impression is basically accurate. There are accounts of his many duels and gun...more
Peter Sprunger
This has been my favorite Presidential biography so far because of the character of Jackson himself and the quality of writing. First, Jackson, born in North Carolina and raised in Tennessee, was the first President not from either Virginia or Massachusetts. Because of Jackson's temperament, this book read more like a western then the biographies of previous presidents. For the first half of the book I think he is in a duel or bar fight in every chapter.
Second, this book was written very well....more
If you're a mild history buff like me, you probably know your Revolutionary War and Civil War periods pretty well but are somewhat hazy on your early 19th century America. And you don't know much about Andrew Jackson other than that he's on the $20 and was nicknamed Old Hickory. This one book abridgment of Remini's three volume biography is a perfect introduction to Jackson's life and legacy. It's not comprehensive, but it covers all the bases. Jackson was quite an interesting guy (and a racist,...more
Ryan Williams
Robert V. Remini has written several books on the former president Andrew Jackson and it shows. Usually, one would think that a biography of someone who lived in the 19th century would be horrendously boring, but Remini found a way to contradict that belief. The Life of Andrew Jackson read like a fiction novel. Though it was factual information, the scenarios that were discussed were written to make the reader feel like they were actually there at the scene. I know a great deal of information ab...more
It's difficult to prevent my lack of admiration for the subject of this biography (Andrew Jackson) from overwhelming my more objective assessment of the Remini's work itself. So, what probably was a five-star biography and a three-star subject averages to a four-star review. Sloppy thinking, I know, but I just cannot bring myself to highly-rate anything having to do with a man who was, effectively, the leader of the 19th Century tea-like party. I probably should have read a biography of Henry Cl...more
This book was wonderful. A biography that I couldn't put down - amazing. It told of President Jackson's life. He was the first president really to come from nothing to a great President. You really feel like you are seeing things through his eyes. He loved his country and always believed he was a servant of the democracy. Yes he made mistakes, but he always put his country above everything else. He had a strong testimony of Providence. 'He proved for all time the reality and splendor of the Amer...more
A very readable biography. This is the author's abridgement of his three-volume work on Jackson, and the editing was seamless, aside from a couple of times when a personage was discussed as if they had been introduced, when they had not.

The author is obviously fond of his subject, as are most biographers, but he was reasonably willing to discusses Jackson’s failings. Only towards the end did I feel that he veered into hagiography territory, getting carried away with describing how much the Ameri...more
I am not a typical reader of American history and found this book to hold my interest pretty well. I agree with other reviews that the author is a bit too favorable of Jackson, especially when it comes to his treatment/policies dealing with the native Americans (Includes an allusion to the fact that Jackson's relocation policies might have saved the Indians from extinction...a bit too much of a stretch for me). Jackson played an important role in history and this is a good book about an interest...more
Bryan Craig
This is a good one-volume biography of Jackson. Remini condensed his three volume work to one and it is quite an achievement. There are a few awkward sentences as he tries to bridge things together, but he continues to be one of the best Jackson scholars around. One criticism is that the book does not cover slavery.
Andy Rudolph
A fantastic look at Andrew Jackson, both the person and the President. Without question, this is my favorite historical biography. Remini offers a compelling narrative of Jackson as a politician and all-around bad-ass.

If you are at all interested in Andrew Jackson or are a true American patriot, read this book.
Aug 02, 2007 Tom rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historian, Casual Historians
Shelves: biography
This relatively short and easy to read one volume biography of Jackson is a great place to start for those just getting interested in American History.

This tale of President Jackson's hellbent early years to his death as a catankerous old man is a thrilling ride.
Though Remi failed to convince me of Jackson's greatness, I did come to appreciate some of his better qualities. He is still a bully and a murderer in my mind, but he did truly believe in America and democracy, even if only for white people.
Totally fascinating but hard not to be irritated by the fanboy style of referring to Jackson as a great hero. Jackson is clearly the precursor to the tea party. But more complicated than just that.
Unlike in other biographies, here Jackson is continually referred to as "the Hero." Need I say more? 5 irony stars, highly entertaining.
Sean Lynch
A rich biography of one of America's most complex and misunderstood heroes.
Mike Horne
Good book. But Remini likes Jackson too much. This borders on hagiography.
Important although disappointing person, adequately written
Very good. Learned alot about him that I'd never known.
No one can top Remini when it comes to Jackson.
It's good :) Jackson was a crazy dude.
Darren Sapp
Perfectly thorough.
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