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Most people vaguely imagine Andrew Jackson as a jaunty warrior and a man of the people, but he was much more—a man just as complex and controversial as Jefferson or Lincoln. Now, with the first major reinterpretation of his life in a generation, historian Andrew Burstein brings back Jackson with all his audacity and hot-tempered rhetoric.

The unabashedly aggressive Jackson
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 13th 2004 by Vintage (first published February 4th 2003)
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Nathan
Nuance is not this book's forte. Burstein conceives of Andrew Jackson as an obsessively driven, insanely energetic and tempestuously passionate man, and it is this conception through which every other aspect of Jackson's life is filtered and interpreted. Jackson is posited as the new style of president, a violent change from the patrician gentility and cultured intellectualism of Washington and Jefferson. In this new populist, pioneering, self-reliant and self-aggrandizing mode, Burstein perceiv ...more
Glenn Robinson
An interesting bio of a very complicated man. Not the best and far from the most indepth. This one seems to concentrate on his relationships with his wife, his close associates, distant associates and enemies. Much of what made him known or infamous was left out: nothing on the Trail of Tears, one paragraph on the banking system and little about many other aspects of his life from 1816 on. What was good was the emphasis on his early life up to 1816, but this could all be gained from other bio's. ...more
Hope
Excellent analysis of Jackson, his background, and the cultural forces that shaped his behavior. this book gave a vastly different book than the other book I read on Jackson, by Robert Remini, who is known as Jackson's biographer. Remini definitely liked and admired Jackson, and found reason--or excuses--for most of his most questionable actions, such as the Indian removal. Burstein, on the other hand, did a better job of hiding his personal opinion, describing Jackson as argumentative, stubborn ...more
John E
A very difficult read for minimum information. Jackson was a passionate and stubborn man with an exagerated sense of "honor." Burstein's view of Jackson had me thinking that he was like the other Southern "gentlemen" who lead the United States to a Civil War.
Kirk Bower
Great book. Interesting character. Goes to another state to marry a friend's wife, invades Florida, shoots someone in a duel, beats people up on a consistant manner, and rocks DC with his posse. AND kids say history is boring.
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Andrew Burstein is the Charles P. Manship Professor of History at Louisiana State University, and the author of The Passions of Andrew Jackson, Jefferson’s Secrets, and Madison and Jefferson, among others. Burstein’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, and Salon.com, and he advised Ken Burns’s production "Thomas Jefferson." He has been featured on C-SPAN's ...more
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