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Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2005

    A great biography about a great American

    I grew up within 50 miles of The Hermitage, and I had a reasonable high school and undergraduate education, but I had never realized the magnitude of Jackson's stature among our Presidents and military leaders -- the extent to which his personal conduct was important in saving the Union and in the country's development. I had never read anything by Brands before, but I found his work equally readable with Joseph J. Ellis and David McCullough. If you read and liked 'Founding Brothers', 'American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson', 'His Excellency: George Washington', 'John Adams', and '1776', you'll also enjoy 'Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times.' This book is truly an outstanding piece of work, and a very easy and enjoyable read.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Jackson becomes the righteous thug next door.

    A vivid account of a man who steeped himself in principals. Brands exhaustive research peels away previous images of the man for whom an era was named. I had to read twice the bar-room and gutter brawls. The author's descriptive telling of the gun duels; the cause and effects were no less than mesmerizng when you remember that this man was President of the United States. Brands clearly details the self-making of a man, almost an orphan, who rose and served two terms as president. His unheraled love of Rebecca, his actions as a military commander and his unyielding devotion to the preservation of the Union truly marks him as one of America's greatest heroes. Brands has gone over the top with this one.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2005

    Must read

    Dr. Brands does an excellent job of painting the picture of Jackson and the Jacksonian era!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2005

    With its unqualified assertion that 'all men are created equal.'

    On page 71 to 72 at the top the authored H.W. Brands, wrote that 'The republican premise of the American Revolution, and in particular the ringing egalitarianism of the Declaration of Independence with its unqualified assertion that 'all men are created equal,' prodded the conscience in several northern states to abolish slavery. My question is does the suthor believe that all men are not created equal? He seems to suggest that the believe is unfounded. I believe that all men and women are created equal in rights, though not in ability.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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