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  • Posted May 6, 2012

    A Great Read for Those who are Curious About Jackson.

    I would definitely recommend this abridged version of Andrew Jackson by Remini. The books did a wonderful job of Jackson's rise in status. I personally would have liked to have read more about his Indian policy, or at least equivalent to the amount of time spent on his banking policy. That being said Remini has book devoted to Jackson's policy toward Indians. This is a great book for those interested in learning the about the character of Andrew Jackson. After reading this book I find myself fascinated with his character. I would attribute my spawned love and fascination for Jackson to this book and since reading it I have purchased Remini's three book set, Fathers and children(Jackson's Indian Policy)- By Rogin, and A Being so Gentle (Jackson and Rachel)- by Brady. Hope this review encourages you to buy this book.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2014

    America is replete with larger than life characters who seem to

    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 but given fair treatment and shown to be character flaws. Jackson, like many men of his era, sought battlefield glory. That glory was able to get him on the national stage and eventually to the presidency.

    Conversely, his strengths are also revealed; most telling is his loving devotion to his wife Rachel. While the actual events surrounding his courtship and marriage to the former Rachel Donelson are shadowed by controversy, what is not in dispute is the fact that their relationship that was real and loving. Rachel's premature death in 1828 (shortly after his election as president) had a lasting effect on him. Her piety made a difference in his life to the point he eventually became a member of the Presbyterian Church after his term in the White House.

    Remini does an excellent job of placing Jackson's candidacies, elections and term of office within its proper, historical context. Seen as having been robbed by John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay and their "corrupt bargain" which fueled his populist campaign in 1828. His efforts to return the American government to the people and avoid the creation of a permanent ruling aristocracy can provide encouragement to those fighting that same battle today.

    The book shows both the successes and failure of the Jackson administration. The latter can be seen in his woeful appointment of members of his cabinet. However, his triumphs, most notably the abolition of the Bank of the United States, are chronicled and extolled without cheerleading.

    Trying to tell the story of a man who was soldier, lawyer, general, representative, governor, senator and president can make for a long story. The author originally had 3 volumes dedicated to his subject; his reducing it down to one volume was a wise decision for the benefit of arm chair historians such as myself.

    BOTTOM LINE: "The Life of Andrew Jackson" is a life worth reading about.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in early American h

    I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in early American history. Andrew Jackson was a polarizing figure who had earned the respect of everyone including his military and political enemies. The man was fearless and extremely confident and it is amazing how much he had experienced in his life. He was a soldier in the American Revolutionary War who later became a victorious general in the War of 1812. His intuition served him well and was one of the many qualities that made him a great leader. Other remarkable accomplishments include serving as a U.S. Senator, successful lawyer, judge, and serving two terms as President of the United States. The book touches on numerous historic events in America from the Revolutionary Era to the period of James K. Polk's presidency at the time of Andrew Jackson's death. The author did a great job at describing Andrew Jackson's character and while reading the book I occasionally caught myself chuckling over the boldness of some of Jackson's statements and actions.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2009

    The life of Ol Hickory

    This biography was one of the most detailed and informative biographies I have ever read. It has in-depth descriptions of all of "ol Hickory's" achievements including his successful military leadership in stopping the British from advancing towards New Orleans. It also tells of his faults such as his excessive gambling and drinking, his ill willed temper, and his famous duels. The way the book Jacksons military career starting during the American Revolution with being held captive and slashed severely with a sword and the deaths of his whole immediate family due to war related causes. This led to his immense hatred towards the British. Jackson also served in the War of 1812 and the first Seminole war. Both of which he commanded American forces including Tennessee militia and volunteers. Jackson was also a major part of the creation of the state of Tennessee. He was the first congressman for Tennessee; he was in the House of Representatives and also the senate. After serving in the senate he later moved on to being Governor of Florida then on to chairman of the Senate Committee on Military affairs. This led up to his presidency from 1829-1837. Jackson was adamant about keeping the union together. When all the hostility in the South happened about seceding from the union, he was outraged. Jackson was also against the national bank and ended it by vetoing its 1832 re-charter and withdrawing US funds. The only thing I didn't like about this book was how it will go off on tangents about people who Jackson had encounters with. Some of these tangents were really long and I felt that they were unnecessary. One of the most intriguing parts of this book was the controversy of Jackson's marriage to Rachel Donelson Robards; she was previously married and divorced but the finalization was delayed. Their first marriage in 1790 was not legal, so they remarried in 1794 legally after the divorce was finalized. What sets Jackson apart from the rest of the Presidents was his dueling. Jackson partook in 13 duels; he killed one man Charles Dickinson after Dickinson shot him in the ribs. The bullet lodged in Jackson's ribs was so close to his heart that it couldn't be safely removed. This is a must read for people who are history buffs or just love American history. This biography gave me an insight to one of the greatest American leaders this country has ever had. After reading this biography, I now know why Andrew Jackson is on the twenty-dollar bill.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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