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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,294 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jon Meacham Narrator: Richard McGonagl Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Andrew 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. Jackson’s 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 Jackson’s presidency, acclaimed author Jon Meacham goes inside the Jackson White House. Drawing on newly discovered family letters and papers, he details the human drama—the family, the women, and the inner circle of advisers—that shaped Jackson’s 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 House—from Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt to FDR to Truman—have 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 safe—no matter what it took.

In American Lion, Jon Meacham has delivered the definitive human portrait of a pivotal president who forever changed the American presidency—and America itself.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Meacham offers a lively take on the seventh president’s White House years.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The most readable single-volume biography ever written of our seventh president, drawing on a trove of previously unpublished correspondence to vividly illuminate the self-made warrior who ‘embodied the nation’s birth and youth.’ Such new documents, many unearthed from the archives of the Hermitage, Jackson’s Nashville estate, allow Meacham to offer fresh analysis on the central issues of his presidency…While in the hands of a lesser writer this economics-laden history might glaze a reader’s eyes, Meacham skillfully brings to life such long-forgotten characters as Nicholas Biddle (president of the Second Bank of the United States) and William B. Lewis (second auditor of the Treasury).”

    Washington Post

  • American Lion, Jon Meacham’s carefully analytical biography, looks past the theatrics and posturing to the essential elements of Jackson’s many showdowns. Mr. Meacham…dispenses with the usual view of Jackson as a Tennessee hothead and instead sees a cannily ambitious figure determined to reshape the power of the presidency during his time in office (1829 to 1837). Case by case, Mr. Meacham dissects Jackson’s battles and reinterprets them in a revealing new light.”

    New York Times

  • Winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction, 2008
  • A 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Biography

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rdonn | 2/16/2014

    " My book club on the whole really liked this book, and several were Meacham fans. I found it slow going, with lots of fact, many really interesting, and a feel for the politics of that era. Not much has changed, has it, with politics unbelievably dirty. I didn't get a feel for the man, and certainly had little sympathy with him. I realize he changed a great deal about the running of our country in fact a pivotal figure in our history. A good biography, but not a favorite of mine. Perfect for an American history buff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ian | 2/10/2014

    " Really enjoyed this one. Andrew Jackson is a fascinating character - the quintessential American self-made man with amazing qualities and damnable flaws. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stephanie Davis-novak | 2/7/2014

    " Overall, a good read. I could have done with less editorializing from the author/narrator. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Terra | 2/4/2014

    " Fascinating and unusual man. However I got bogged down in the details and didn't finish it. "

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