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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,097 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. W. Brands Narrator: John H. Mayer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cliff | 2/19/2014

    " Very interesting....a daring man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Albert | 1/12/2014

    " Although, I generally distrust people with initials for first names, and having read a couple of other books he's written - TR: The Last Romantic and The First American - I wasn't sure which Brands I was going to get, as the former was well-written and the latter, eh ... not so much. I found this book to be of the well-written variety, although many times I had a sense that there was more that I needed to know, but that can run the risk of the The First American, which seemed a bit bogged down in pointless detail. I am going to give The First American another try, as now I have a clearer picture of Brand's style, and highly recommend this book for a good picture of the Jacksonian era, and it's many characters. Good job, H.W., and I drink your milkshake... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Janet | 12/28/2013

    " I didn't think I would like Andrew Jackson. But this book did an excellent job of explaining his reasons for doing what he did in relation to the time period he lived in. Came away from readying it with a new appreciation of the man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bob | 11/27/2013

    " In the end I didn't like Jackson much "

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