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...more
Jackson wasn't complicated. He was maybe one of the simplest presidents America ever had. Here are some simple facts:
1) His greatest military victory was the Battle of New O ...more
I decided to read this book now in an effort to understand Mr. Trump's apparent admiration for Andrew Jackson. Other Goodreads reviews are mixed.
Jackson was yet another president who owned slaves. And he was yet another president who pushed the Native Americans aggressively out of their home territory. I finished the book n ...more
What amazed me the most was that I had heard about "The Petticoat Affair," but - as Meacham described its evolution and progression - it was really the most encompassing, polarizing and lolzy politi ...more
Well, Mr Meacham has done an excellent job researching Andrew Jackson as well as the culture and history surrounding his time in the White House. I cannot fault him in his research... and his book did impress upon me the amount of knowledge that he has acquired on the subject.
However, I was not a fan of the book. I had to force myself to persevere thru its reading. I found it dull, but more importantly, I felt that ...more
- I "acquired" it (I'm pretty sure it was a gift from my mother in law [thanks Mary!], but it's been so long now that I honestly don't remember for sure. So I apologize if it was your gift. At least I'm getting a lot out of it, what with me "reading" it for years now) oh, maybe 6 or 7 years ago.
- Started it, and never made it past the first 50 or so pages before stalling (I love history, but I really have to be in the right mood for it. And let's face it - even t ...more
The book concentrates solely on his years in the White House with limited information about his background and what shaped his personality and ideas. The author ...more
This is a great one volume biograp ...more
Meacham summarizes Jackson’s life pre-election, setting the stage with as much detail as necessary to und ...more
As the first president outside the Virginia / Massachusetts axis, he was a different sort of president. In a ...more
But I am somewhat disappointed.
Mr. Meacham focuses his book on Andrew Jackson's presidency; so he quickly glosses over the rest of his life. As a result I never understood what motivated Jackson.
For example: Mr. Meacham devotes about 1/3 of his book to the "Eaton Affair." And yet I never understood why Jackson was so loyal to Eaton.
Also, Mr. Meacham describes Jackson's war against the ...more
This book was a Christmas present. It is focused on the man and what drove him perhaps more than the events in his life. Jackson was a pivotal figure in US history in many ways.
Gave me much more appreciation of this complex man and hi ...more