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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,100 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: H. W. Brands Narrator: Chuck Montgomery Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged 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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  • Critical Acclaim for H.W Brands

  • The First American
    (Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography)
  • A Franklin to savor. James Grant, Wall Street Journal
  • “A vivid portrait of the 18th century milieu and of the 18th century man …[Brands is] a master storyteller. Christian Science Monitor
  • “A fine, robust telling of one of the greatest adventure stories in history. David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize—winning author of John Adams
  • The Age of Gold is a gripping narrative account of the mad rush for California riches that forever changed America. … Brimming with unforgettable anecdotes and vivid prose, Brands beams the reader back to a time when anything seemed possible. A real page-turner. Douglas Brinkley, author of The Unfinished Presidency, director of the Eisenhower Center, and professor of history at the University of New Orleans
  • A barn burner … Masterfully sketched historical figures, subtly developed themes, and especially well-braided stories. …‘Eureka!’ San Francisco Chronicle
  • A triumph. Oregonian
  • An engrossing, multifaceted history. New York Times
  • Dazzling Los Angeles Times

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rita | 2/16/2014

    " I found this a bit slow going and not as enjoyable as the FDR bio. Learned more about that particular era of American history though. Did not find Jackson the man very likable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ahf | 2/7/2014

    " An aquaintance said this would be fun and it was more of a slog than that. But I did get a feel for Old Hicory and his era. Figured out how the indian wars impacted our nation's history and much more about Texas and Sam Huston than I'd have guessed I'd learn about in a book about Jackson. He sure loved his wife. He was so simple and straightforward (honor, the union, Rachel) and yet complex becuase he killed everyone in an indian village and then adopted almost as a son (or was it actually more like a cute slave boy? not sure) one of the orphaned children. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sara M. | 1/25/2014

    " This is very different from my normal reads, but I do try to work in a little history now and then. The best thing about this book (in addition to the history lessons) is the humor. The author writes in a very easy, conversational style without insulting your intellegence. You will laugh out loud and feel every bit the patriot while doing so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Denise | 1/19/2014

    " This was a great book on the man and the times around him. "

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