Andrew Jackson (The American Presidents, #7)
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Andrew Jackson (The American Presidents #7)

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The towering figure who remade American politics--the champion of the ordinary citizen and the scourge of entrenched privilege

The Founding Fathers espoused a republican government, but they were distrustful of the common people, having designed a constitutional system that would temper popular passions. But as the revolutionary generation passed from the scene in the 1820...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Times Books
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Steven Peterson
Sean Wilentz has penned an admirable brief biography of Andrew Jackson. This thin volume is part of The American Presidents series of books. They are brief and accessible to a larger readership. Do you want a detailed picture of Jackson? This isn't for you (try Brands' biography for example). Do you want a quick and accessible introduction? Then this book would be useful.

One of the factors making this a good book is its realistic view of Jackson. He had great accomplishments; he also was flawed....more
I wanted to like Wilentz's book on Jackson more, but in the end my dubiousness about Jackson's character could not be overcome by Wilentz's explanations and assertions. The short form certainly hampered him - it is tough to try and contain a character like Jackson in such a small book. Wilentz was further hindered because he attempted to balance an understanding of Jackson's environment with detail about Jackson's life.

The end result feels a little like a cardboard character - the fierce, loyal...more
Wilentz, Sean. ANDREW JACKSON. (2005). ****. This is another in the series, “The American Presidents.” Within the constraints set by the general editor, Arthur M. Schlesinger, each presidential review must be written at two-hundred pages or less; this including a timeline, notes, bibliography, and index. For a controversial president like Jackson, who also served two terms, this is daunting. The author, a professor of history at Princeton, does his best, but you can tell he feels the pressure. D...more
Larry Hostetler
With the proliferation of exhaustive/exhausting, lengthy biographies, this less-imposing length yet still intelligent biography was well worth the effort. I appreciated that the strictures on size didn't seem to inhibit the even-handed approach to various issues during Jackson's time (slavery and southern nullification, political perspectives, etc.)

When length is limited it is not possible to delve deeply into recreating the personality and go into detail on various important episodes in the sub...more
Fred Kohn
Only two stars, but not the author's fault. This is one of a series on the American Presidents, and each rather slim book is the same approximate length. There were so many significant events in Jackson's life and presidency that there was simply not enough room to cover them all in the depth they deserve. Still, it is hard to understand why this book is 29 pages shorter than the book on Warren G. Harding, from the same series.
Shea Mastison
Reading the introduction, one can get a sense of what direction the book will be heading: a very orthodox, unoriginal look at Andrew Jackson. This is mainstream history, with all of it's unexamined assumptions and erroneous conclusions. The concept of nullification is laughed at; and presidents are rated not by their fidelity to the Constitution, or their respect for individual rights--but for more nebulous things like "a vision," "initiative," etc.

Fortunately, Andrew Jackson is an interesting c...more
Dave Mcmahon
A very interesting book for a first look to an amazing and complex figure of American history. Wilentz brings us through the Jackson years with great detail in such a succinct book.

You can feel the break between the era of the first 6 presidents, issued from Virginia and Massachussetts and see the rise of a new political order through Jackson.

The details on the fight with the Second US Bank, and the beggining of the rise of slavery is deeply interesting.
Colleen Browne
This is a short little book in the presidential series. I was attracted to it (and others in the series because the authors are great historians). It is a well written little volume. If I have any criticism it is that Wilenz, in my opinion, goes a bit easy on Jackson. It is still worth reading.
Jerry Landry
Definitely one of the most well-done biographies of this series. Wilentz provides a fair and balanced look at our seventh president, one of the more divisive figures of American history. I recommend this biography to anyone looking for a quick look at Jackson's life and presidency.
Oct 31, 2011 Jpavalock rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in American History
I'm half way through this book about Jackson. It's very detailed about his presidency, the Indian problem, the Second Bank especially and Nicholas Biddle and the Biddle Panic. I'm on chapter 7, Slavery and Democracy.
Phil Kamphuis
A very pro-Jackson book that recounts the many events during Andrew Jackson's Presidency that impacted US history. It is an interesting read that I would recommend to any fan of history.
Best of the President's series being published by Holt. Most authors over-adore their subject, but the Jackson book is excellent in providing context and complexity for Jackson.
These American president series offered by the History Club are just a little too short and simplistic for me. Haven't read one yet that is satisfying.
Jun 13, 2007 Jack rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All
Quick, interesting account. Wilentz offers a needed pro-Jackson depiction of the battle between the President and the BUS.
A book about Andrew Jackson could be many things, but it did not occur to me that boring could be one of them.
William J. Shep
Well balanced biography of a lightning rod president.
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Sean Wilentz (b. 1951) is the Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor of History at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1979

In his spare writing time, he is historian-in-residence at Bob Dylan’s official website,
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