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American Lion by Jon Meacham
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Sep 15, 2010

really liked it
Read in September, 2010

Jon Meacham revealed the behind the scenes look at how Andrew Jackson changed American politics at a critical time in our history. Jackson was a warrior and took to politics like he did to battle. Determined and clear-headed, he took on the power of Congress and became the first President to make the executive office equal to the other branches. He was the first to campaign on the road, convinced that he was the voice of the common man and needed to be out there with them. He avoided assassination, challenged and took down the powerful U.S. Bank, paid off the national debt and seeded the political scene to become a real democracy. His treatment of native Americans and views on slavery were a product of the prejudiced times and the economy driven young nation and he was unable to overcome either with any insight, yet his compassion toward family and friends was unparalled. I was amazed at how much writing went on and how important it was to the direction of events. Words mattered and clarity was essential. A great political read.


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