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The Life of Andrew Jackson

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The classic one-volume biography of Andrew Jackson

Robert V. Remini's prizewinning, three-volume biography, The Life of Andrew Jackson, won the National Book Award upon its completion in 1984. Now, Remini captures the essence of the life and career of the seventh president of the United States in the meticulously crafted single-volume abridgement.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published August 21st 2001 by Harper Perennial (first published 1988)
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May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it

“The Life of Andrew Jackson” by Robert Remini is the single-volume abridgment of the author’s classic three-volume series on Andrew Jackson which was published between 1977 and 1984. Although he confessed to finding the distillation process “traumatic and agonizing,” Remini’s abbreviated biography successfully crystallizes (in just one-fourth the space) the essence of his longer series and saves the reader nearly one-thousand pages in the process.

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Jeremy Perron
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Andrew Jackson changed the face of the Republic; his election would signify the new reality that any American man* could be president. He was he first person of common humble origins to elected to the highest office. Jackson was the first president not be from the original thirteen colonies, and the first time the nation had turned to a `Westerner**'. He is the only president to have his own time period named after him, the `Jacksonian Era.' Until Andrew Jackson came on the scene `democracy' was ...more
Sharon Barrow Wilfong
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love Andrew Jackson or hate him, and there's good reason for doing both, one thing you can never do is yawn at him.

The important thing about history is to realize that nothing new is happening. Andrew Jackson could give Donald Trump a run for his money as far as colorful personalities go.

Raised from humble beginnings, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, Jackson brought himself up by his own boot straps and worked his way into politics.

He fought in the 1812 War and lead his troops into New Orlean
Vicki Gibson
The Life of Andrew Jackson by Robert Remini is the next book I chose in my presidential biographies challenge. (Reading at least one biography of each president, in order.) This is the abridged version of Remini's three-volume series on AJ, recommended by Stephen Floyd as the best single-volume biography. While Remini does point out many of AJ's flaws, he clearly admires his subject, so it feels like the biggies (Indian removal, slave ownership, and some political missteps) were glossed over. Re ...more
Brian Manville
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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America is replete with larger than life characters who seem to characterize the American spirit. Andrew Jackson is encapsulated and described in vivid detail in Robert Remini's biography of the 7th president.

A true gauge of the effectiveness of a biography is how well balanced the author treats his subject. Remini does largely succeeds in making Jackson a real person. This is not glowing hagiography nor hatchet piece. His temper, duels as well as his bullying of the Indians are not glossed over
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it
The foreword to this book indicates that the author, Robert V. Remini, explains that this work is actually a reduction of a massive, academic review of President Jackson. This version is a lively, interesting exposition of this controversial and seminal Chief Executive. Jackson was born during the American Revolution of extreme poverty and grew to a national and international figure of merit, all the while being attacked by more learned opponents. Jackson is prominently remembered and many of hi ...more
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Remini accomplishes a lot with this condensed version of his three volume of Jackson. He presents a vivid picture of one the most distinctive men to ever be President. He sets up a clear picture of a man who could strategize and organize in amazing detail... yet ignore the follow through. A compulsive Christian... who was equally committed to slavery and the Removal of Native Americans.

This didn't cause me to adjust my stance on 'Bloody Andrew.' But it gave me a better basis to understand him, a
May 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Biography of a very important president. I'm glad I read it as I had only a passing knowledge of Jackson & his times.
Keenan Johnston
After visiting Hermitage, picked up this biography in the bookstore. Jackson was an orphaned nomad as a young adult and started a new life as one of the original western settlers, having settled in Tennessee. Jackson gained originally gained recognition in the state as a lawyer, but soon got elected into politics. During this time, he controversially fell in love and proposed to a married woman, Rachel. She was able to secure a divorce, but the salatious nature of their relationship was a major ...more
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was certainly a very thorough biography of Andrew Jackson and Remini does a decent job of not over emphasizing Jackson's mistakes while not claiming that he never made any. I think Remini was a bit enamored with him at times and gave him a pass it was all in all even handed.

All that being said I found Andrew Jackson to be a very interesting character who, while heroic, oozed of contradictions. Early in his career, Jackson seemed to be very much in favor of a small federal government where s
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