AMERICAN LION: Andrew Jackson in the White House

AMERICAN LION: Andrew Jackson in the White House Author Jon Meacham
ISBN-10 0812973461
ISBN-13 9780812973464
Year 2009-04-30
Pages 483
Language English
Publisher Random House Trade Paperbacks
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The definitive biography of a larger than life president who defied norms divided a nation and changed Washington foreverAndrew 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 Jacksons election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people not distant elites were the guiding force in American politics Democracy made its stand in the Jackson years and he gave voice to the hopes and the fears of a restless changing nation facing challenging times at home and threats abroad To tell the saga of Jacksons presidency acclaimed author Jon Meacham goes inside the Jackson White House Drawing on newly discovered family letters and papers he details the human dramathe family the women and the inner circle of advisers that shaped Jacksons private world through years of storm and victory One of our most significant yet dimly recalled presidents Jackson was a battle hardened warrior the founder of the Democratic Party and the architect of the presidency as we know it His story is one of violence sex courage and tragedy With his powerful persona his evident bravery and his mystical connection to the people Jackson moved the White House from the periphery of government to the center of national action articulating a vision of change that challenged entrenched interests to heed the popular will or face his formidable wrath The greatest of the presidents who have followed Jackson in the White Housefrom Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt to FDR to Trumanhave found inspiration in his example and virtue in his vision Jackson was the most contradictory of men The architect of the removal of Indians from their native lands he was warmly sentimental and risked everything to give more power to ordinary citizens He was in short a lot like his country alternately kind and vicious brilliant and blind and a man who fought a lifelong war to keep the republic safeno matter what it took

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