In this, the first major single-volume biography of Andrew Jackson
in decades, H.W. Brands reshapes our understanding of this fascinating man, and
of the Age of Democracy that he ushered in.
An orphan at a young age and without formal education or the
family lineage of the Founding Fathers, Jackson showed that the presidency was
not the exclusive province of the wealthy and the well-born but could truly be
held by a man of the people. On a majestic, sweeping scale Brands re-creates
Jackson’s rise from his hardscrabble roots to his days as frontier lawyer, then
on to his heroic victory in the Battle of New Orleans, and finally to the White
House. Capturing Jackson’s outsized life and deep impact on American history,
Brands also explores his controversial actions, from his unapologetic
expansionism to the disgraceful Trail of Tears. This is a thrilling portrait,
in full, of the president who defined American democracy. Download and start listening now!