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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: October 2005 ISBN: 9780739321706
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • 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
    “Enchanting
  • “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 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 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 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 Denise | 1/19/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 1/15/2014

    " Andrew Jackson is definitely in my top 5 Presidents list. I really like this book because Brands is so fair to Jackson and includes so much of the history of the times in which he lived. Anyone who is a critic of Jackson needs to read this and get to know him better!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken Angle | 11/16/2013

    " Jackson was a truly uniquie figure in history. Absolute in his defense of the Union. He was flawed, but at the same timewas representative of the best of his times. H.W. Brands produced a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 10/2/2013

    " A very fine biography of our seventh president. Well written and balanced. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Hochstein | 9/27/2013

    " Fantastic biography of our seventh President and all that he went through. The book comes alive to me even more so after doing a history research project on another book about him and visting his home the Hermitage in Nashville, TN "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alan | 8/16/2013

    " #7 in the Presidential biography project. This biography did a great job of combining the historical backdrop with the personality of the subject. Jackson, so far, has been the most fascinating president and really helped usher in the party system and the rule of the people. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barry | 7/11/2013

    " Insights on America - and how we became who we are- that most people have not explored. A very informative , and sometimes provocative read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 6/12/2013

    " Best one volume biography of Jackson. HW Brands who has written many books on popular historical figures tells the story of Andrew Jackson as it is. A stern supporter of the People, takes no shit from anyone who gets in his face and was a pretty decent military general (i.e. Battle of New Orleans). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brad | 2/15/2013

    " This is a pretty fun bio on oun nation's 6th President. The book dives deep into Jackson's pre-presidential life. It was a fun one for sure. The only problem I had with the book is that the author seems to go off topic a lot, which is annoying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bob | 10/19/2012

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve H | 4/3/2012

    " Style just ok; content short on Jackson & ok on the times "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Roark | 1/23/2012

    " if you love biographies and American history, you'll really enjoy this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 1/10/2012

    " A great history book--I learned a lot about Andrew Jackson as a person, but much more about our country and how we got to this place through the actions of the past. Highly recommended! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robert | 1/5/2012

    " This is a decent biography, but it doesn't do much to illuminate Jackson's contradictions. In a lot of ways, he was a complete asshole, and he is almost certainly the only president of the United States who was an actual murderer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Eppenstein | 8/5/2011

    " Very good biography of a president I never regarded very highly and now think even less of "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 4/11/2011

    " Excellent bio. Very well written for a history. Easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/25/2011

    " "The Union, it must be preserved." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 12/15/2010

    " Didn't care for the man, but enjoyed the book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 10/11/2010

    " 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 Alan | 9/16/2010

    " #7 in the Presidential biography project. This biography did a great job of combining the historical backdrop with the personality of the subject. Jackson, so far, has been the most fascinating president and really helped usher in the party system and the rule of the people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 6/11/2010

    " A very fine biography of our seventh president. Well written and balanced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glo | 5/4/2010

    " I love history. This book was about Jackson's life before his presidency as well as during his term. I found it interesting and enlightening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Billy | 4/7/2010

    " Enjoyable biography of our 7th president. Struck a good balance between the issues of the days and Jackson's personal life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 2/21/2010

    " A great history book--I learned a lot about Andrew Jackson as a person, but much more about our country and how we got to this place through the actions of the past. Highly recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 1/16/2010

    " Amazingly well written and researched book. A great book about a great man! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 10/19/2009

    " A look at the life of the incredibly smart (yet populist) Andrew Jackson. He had an amazingly accomplished life and stopped or prevented a lot of overly-zealous federalist from achieving their damaging goals. "

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About the Author

H. W. Brands is the bestselling author and editor of more than twenty books. He has been a professor at Vanderbilt and Texas A&M universities, and he is currently the Dickson Allen Anderson Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. Two of his books, Traitor to His Class and The First American, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. His other works include Andrew Jackson, Age of Gold, and TR. He lectures frequently on historical and current events and has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs. He resides in Austin, Texas.

About the Narrator

Chuck Montgomery is a skilled narrator who has lent his voice to the works of a number of the world’s most celebrated authors, including H. W. Brands and Pat Conroy. His voice-over credits include Lone Star Nation, My Losing Season, and Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times.