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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (41 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: A. J. Langguth Narrator: Mel Foster Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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By the acclaimed author of the classic Patriots and Union 1812, this major work of narrative history portrays four of the most turbulent decades in the growth of the American nation. After the War of 1812, Presidents Monroe, Jackson, Van Buren, and Polk led the country to its Manifest Destiny across the continent, but the forces and hostility unleashed by that expansion led inexorably to Civil War.

As president, Andrew Jackson decreed that the Indians of Georgia be forcibly removed to make way for the exploding white population. His policy set off angry debate in the Senate among such giants as Henry Clay, John Calhoun, and Daniel Webster, as well as protests from writers in the north like Ralph Waldo Emerson, who represented the growing abolitionist movement. Southern slave owners understood that those protests would not stop with defending a few Indian tribes.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michael | 8/25/2013

    " Well written with interesting insights into the actions of the men on both sides of Indian removal and "The Trail of Tears". This issue & Andrew Jackson figure into the Nullification debate, however, they don't figure into the Secession Crisis of 1860-61 leading to the Civil War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve | 2/2/2013

    " Well written, as all books by this author. Much that I did not know, but depressing enough that I am not sure I wanted to know it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gene | 6/3/2011

    " An amazing story, gripping characters portrayed in a way that a fiction writer could never build. The intrigue between Calhoun, Jackson, Van Buren, and Clay rivals the political aspirations of Alexander Hamilton. Somehow they all seem to be three faced scoundrels, but I liked their characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gene | 1/14/2011

    " An amazing story, gripping characters portrayed in a way that a fiction writer could never build. The intrigue between Calhoun, Jackson, Van Buren, and Clay rivals the political aspirations of Alexander Hamilton. Somehow they all seem to be three faced scoundrels, but I liked their characters. "

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About the Author

A. J. Langguth is the author of a number of books of nonfiction and several novels. He was Saigon bureau chief for the New York Times and covered the civil rights movement. He taught at the University of Southern California for twenty-seven years and retired in 2003 as emeritus professor in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. He lives in Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

Mel Foster is a prolific audiobook narrator, having read dozens of titles throughout his career. He is the recipient of the prestigious Audie Award, as well as the AudioFile Earphones Award. A former advertising agency executive who used to record test tracks for commercials, his narration career was born out of encouragement from his clients who would often say, “why are we hiring someone else? I like this guy.”