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I enjoyed this book immensely. It was informative and interesting. It was a great refresher course about Andrew Jackson. The biographer probably went a little easy on Jackson (especially in terms of his treatment of native Americans) but the context of his upbringing was helpful to understanding why he became the man he was. I highly recommend this book.
Concise bio. A bit admiring (as with most bios), but well written.
The author is wonderful in introducing this fascinating man to us, full of contrasts. We love getting to know Jackson as if he was among us today, a real human being with victories and defeats both personal and professional and political. One learns how to manage one's own life by reading about these greats, and the struggles they went through to get where they got....always human challenges, jealousies, betrayals, misunderstandings, re-alliances for personal gain, compromise, etc. Nothing new today!!
I always wondered who the heck was Andrew Jackson that he rated being on our greenbacks. Now I know. An amazing story of a turbulent time in our country's history.
I enjoyed this book. I always enjoyed studying about the General in school and this book reminded me of why.
This is well written book. My only criticism is that the author does not.adequately explore the Trail of Tears and Jackson's culpability in this tragedy. Also the author does not write about his views on slavery and how he treated his slaves. These omissions make it more difficult to understand this important figure.
Well written and well read. Fascinating man and times.
A very nice, no-nonsense biography of Jackson. Doesn't bog down in giving you the details of the sources, and the author does a good job of parsing out the legends and myth from previous centuries' biographies. Jackson comes off as neither a sympathetic character, nor as a saint, but rather then an flawed person who lived in extremely flawed times. Some listeners may recoil from the brutality of his leadership in war, and during indian skirmishes, while others will find his outbursts child-like. But given the harshness of the western wilderness, he is indeed a product of his generation.
Robert V. Remini is professor emeritus of history and the humanities at the Univeristy of Illinois at Chicago. The New York Times has called him "the foremost Jacksonian scholar of our time."He is the author of many books, Including biographies of Daniel Webster and Henry Clay.