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Andrew Jackson (Great Generals)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  227 ratings  ·  20 reviews
By "the foremost Jacksonian scholar of our time" (New York Times), the critically acclaimed and most concise biography of Andrew Jackson that takes a comprehensive look at the political, personal, and military life of the seventh president of the United States.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 7th 1999 by Harper Perennial (first published 1969)
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This book is the story of Andrew Jackson from childhood to death and everything in-between. I have read various biographies and books about Jackson, but this one is my favorite. Not only is Jackson an intensely interesting man, but the authors enthusiasm and love for history and Andrew Jackson is woven into every page of this book. It is almost impossible to not get excited when reading this book. In my opinion, this book was far to short. While it is obvious that the author was a Jacksonian he ...more
Gary Geiger
This bio focuses on Andrew Jackson as a General. Essentially, the Battle of New Orleans ratified or confirmed American Independence. For the forty years prior, there was no guarantee that the American experiment would last. He also said a couple of things about Jackson's presidency: He was the first president to use the veto for bills he didn't like; not just bills he didn't think were constitutional; thus expanding the power of the presidency. Also, Remini said that while Jackson's Indian remov ...more
Sam Hurley
This book pretty much sums up the life of Andrew Jackson.It brings up many different topics such as his childhood, his military career,running for president, during his presidency, after his presidency and some other little details like the Battle of New Orleans and how he got the nickname old hickory.He met many people like Martin Van Buren who would be vice president under Jackson and would later take over as president when he retired.this book does a great job of telling the life story of Ge ...more
An all too brief biography of one of America's greatest leaders this short biography of Andrew Jackson gives a quick overview of his life. Beginning with his youth and the experiences he had during the American Revolutionary War, this book takes the reader on a journey through Jackson's early career as a lawyer, his successful and legendary military career as an Indian fighter as well as his heroic victory at the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812, his part that he played in the purcha ...more
This 1966 work is a short biography from the author of the extensive three volume biography of Andrew Jackson that won the 1984 National Book Award. I actually thought I was reading the one-volume abridgment of that set, until I found The Life of Andrew Jackson listed in an author search.

I’m happy to have read the wrong book because this smaller volume has done nothing but pique my desire to read more of a president about whom I’d previously known nothing. Here Jackson is presented as a fast-le
Nov 19, 2008 Jenny rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: history buffs, people interested in U.S. history right before the civil war and after the revolution
Recommended to Jenny by: George Wythe University
Shelves: read-in-2008
This book needs to be in a pile of "I would never have touched it if I hadn't needed to for school, but I am SO glad I did!" I really liked this book. I learned a whole lot about history that I never really got before. The style was surprisingly entertaining. Reading it straight though helped, though.

The neatest thing I got out of this book is the idea that Andrew Jackson was not your typical man. I think if we met him today (and I think we meet this type a lot) we might not have a good impressi
Not exquisitely written, but a great overview of the seventh U.S. president's life, and not sprawling like most presidential biographies. Talks about his war triumphs, his duels, his political battles, his aggressive use of the veto. "Old Hickory" was ill-tempered and belligerent at times, and yes, he was a Mason, but he was also an eloquent speaker and a brilliant strategist. Also interesting to see the ideals of the Democratic Party being molded during his two terms (way back in the 1830s). Do ...more
Scott Korljan
My first presidential bio. Interesting for some of the history, but on the whole was a bit of a yawner.
Interesting read, made me think about who Jackson really was...I still can't get past his horrible acts, but I think I understand a little better.
Joy Marie
I had a hard time staying focused on this book, and I frequently found myself falling asleep. I did learn some new things about Andrew Jackson that I never knew, so that was good. It was a very thorough and accurate account of his life.
Lee (Rocky)
Lots of interesting stuff I didn't know about Jackson, but presented in a pretty dry way. Also, it made a few big assertions without explaining them.
Meh, Mr. Remini idolizes Jackson; not a very unbiased account of his presidency. He calls him "the Hero" and "The General" throughout.
Good book for a Jackson scholar. A little too detailed for me. You definitely did not want to be on Jackson's wrong side!
For those who are critical of Jackson, Remini's book posits a more favorable view of his presidency and its importance.
Jen Tregaskis
It was written well, but it made me almost despise President Jackson. :(
I really like this book, and intend to read all in this series!
Brenda Ayala
It's biased, but has a good account of what he did in his life.
An extremely interesting account of President Jackson's life.
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