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Andrew Jackson

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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  349 ratings  ·  32 reviews
This brief biography focuses more on the political career of Andrew Jackson than on his military heroism at the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. It nevertheless provides an overview of the martial events that made Jackson's rise to the presidency possible. Robert Remini is widely touted as one of the great historians of the Jacksonian era, and Andrew Jackson is hi ...more
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Published November 1st 2005 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 1966)
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Gerry
I came into this book with the desire to learn more detail of General Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans, as well as the Second National Bank Busting in which President Jackson took during his first term as President. I have known through peripheral reading that the Treaty of Ghent signed in Ghent, Belgium on 14 December 1814 took a whole month to reach Andrew Jackson; Major General Jackson would defeat the British for New Orleans on 8 January 1815. The Treaty took another month for ratificat ...more
Aaron Crofut
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Let me make clear my criteria in rating and reviewing this book: first, I picked this up because I needed a short but reliable read on Andrew Jackson to fill my knowledge gap in the time period and understand the comparisons made with him and President Trump, and secondly with an understanding that this is a compact political biography and not the full treatment of the man. Remini can (and has) give an all encompassing account, but I just do not have the time for it. So, with that in mind, I giv ...more
Victor Negut
This is a story of a racist genocidal leader who also displayed cognitive dissonance in rare moments of possible compassion. Though the author doesn’t deny this fact, he glosses over atrocities, large and small, as though they are insignificant moments in the life of a general.

The book concludes by saying, “in the present age, the American People should still be grateful for what he did” to that I say No. We should acknowledge that he greatly influenced the might of the US and our standing on t
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Robert
May 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently Steve Bannon recently gave Donald Trump a biography of Andrew Jackson because he sees Jackson as a prototype of Trump. Trump misread or misremembered or couldn't quite get the book. Be that as it may, I thought I'd read the same biography, but I wasn't the only library member in Chapel Hill who had the same idea, so I ended up with a short volume by military historian Robert V. Remini called, unsurprisingly, Andrew Jackson, focusing on his military career but framed within his pre- an ...more
Kaylie
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nathan Albright
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge-2018
The late historian Robert Remini did a good job at writing about the history of the early American republic and in particular the career of Andrew Jackson [1], and this book is certainly a good one albeit a short work of only about 200 pages or so and a book with a narrow focus on the military career of Andrew Jackson.  I found the work to be an interesting and worthwhile one, especially because as a historian myself I have a strong interest in the history of the 19th century and this definitely ...more
Kim  Dennis
I waffled back and forth between two and three stars. I wasn't sure if some of my dislike was just that my prejudices against Jackson are so deeply rooted that there was no way for me to enjoy the book, or if it was the book itself. I gave Remini the benefit of the doubt and went with three.

Remini was quoted in one of the history textbooks I have taught out of, so when I was looking for a good biography on Jackson, I figured this would be a good place to start. What I didn't realize until I went
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Bill
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Remini is widely recognized as THE Andrew Jackson biographer. He wrote more than half-a-dozen volumes that examined nearly every known aspect of Old Hickory’s life (and occasionally took a bit too much poetic license in filling in the blanks).

His slight (225 page) 1966 biography simply entitled “Andrew Jackson,” is one of his earliest book-length works on the seventh President. Given its length, it is remarkably comprehensive and it does an excellent job of connecting Jackson’s personal history
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Dane W
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Rob
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Primarily a military history of Jackson, this biography fleshed out its subject to the degree that I felt more nuance and understanding of his mindset for (to us) unconscionable treatment of Native Americans. It also to make me shudder at his authoritarian and dictatorial impulses as an executive.

Looking forward to reading further biographies of Jackson, especially ones that encompass his political arc.
Sherri Anderson
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting read. I learned a number of new things. The flow of the book was excellent. It was easy to get into the book as it was well written.
Scott Cox
The life of Andrew Jackson (“Old Hickory”) is also the story of the life and maturation of a young American nation. Andrew Jackson, hailing from Tennessee, was often seen as a volatile man who dueled for his wife’s honor, and warred for maintaining his nation’s independence. He was also known for his opposition to the National Bank and the stabilization of our financial institutions and systems (the only American president with no federal debt!). Unfortunately, as a visit to Jackson's home will ...more
William
Jun 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: presidents
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
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Anthony
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
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
Jey
Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs, people interested in U.S. history right before the civil war and after the revolution
Recommended to Jey 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
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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
Jamie
May 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history
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
Joy Marie
Mar 22, 2009 rated it it was ok
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.
Greg
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poli-sci
This book is a mercifully short biography (why do biographies have to be over 500 pages long?) that covers the main events of Jackson's life and tangentially the birth of the Democratic Party. Remini is clearly an admirer as opposed to a critic of Jackson and his populist Jacksonian Democracy.
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.
Mike
Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh, Mr. Remini idolizes Jackson; not a very unbiased account of his presidency. He calls him "the Hero" and "The General" throughout.
Prof
Mar 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book, and intend to read all in this series!
Stan
Aug 23, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good book for a Jackson scholar. A little too detailed for me. You definitely did not want to be on Jackson's wrong side!
Matt
Mar 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who are critical of Jackson, Remini's book posits a more favorable view of his presidency and its importance.
Brenda A
It's biased, but has a good account of what he did in his life.
Samantha
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-books
An extremely interesting account of President Jackson's life.
Michelle
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.
Alexis Negrete
Aug 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Scott Korljan
My first presidential bio. Interesting for some of the history, but on the whole was a bit of a yawner.
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