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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.
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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.
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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.
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