Andrew Jackson

  • by H.W. Brands
  • Narrated by John H. Mayer
  • 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The most famous American of his time, Andrew Jackson is a seminal figure in American history. The first "common man" to rise to the presidency, Jackson embodied the spirit and the vision of the emerging American nation; the term "Jacksonian democracy" is embedded in our national lexicon. With the sweep, passion, and attention to detail that made The First American a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a national best seller, historian H.W. Brands shapes a historical narrative that's as fast-paced and compelling as the best fiction. He follows Andrew Jackson from his days as rebellious youth, risking execution to free the Carolinas of the British during the Revolutionary War, to his years as a young lawyer and congressman from the newly settled frontier state of Tennessee. As general of the Tennessee militia, he put down a massive Indian uprising in the South, securing the safety of American settlers, and his famous rout of the British at the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812 made him a national hero. But it is Jackson's contributions as president, however, that won him a place in the pantheon of America's greatest leaders. A man of the people, without formal education or the family lineage of the Founding Fathers, he sought as president to make the country a genuine democracy, governed by and for the people. Jackson, although respectful of states' rights, devoted himself to the preservation of the Union, whose future in that age was still very much in question. When South Carolina, his home state, threatened to secede over the issue of slavery, Jackson promised to march down with 100,000 federal soldiers should it dare.

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What the Critics Say

"Illuminating both the mettle of a fascinating leader and the crucible in which American democracy was forged....[Brands'] effort is intensely engaging....A bracing, human portrait of both a remarkable man and of American democracy as it was transformed from a 'government of the people' into a 'government by the people'." (Publishers Weekly)
"This complete and completely enveloping biography indelibly establishes Jackson's abiding sense of duty in serving democracy....A distinguished treatment certain to be the most authoritative and comprehensive account for some time." (Booklist)

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Solid and worthy biography

I have recently finished H W Brands excellent biography of Andrew Jackson. I have long had an interest in knowing more about Jackson, who inspires strong and diverse feelings about his place in history. I had not realised what an adventurous and momentous life he led - from participation as a boy in the war of independence, being orphaned, his fights and duels, indian wars, defence of New Orleans, and the annexation of florida and texas - and he was President for 8 years, and by all justice won the election before he actually became President only to be denied by a shabby deal between Henry Clay and John Quincy Adams. He ended up as just about the most popular President in history.

Brands' biography is what I would call worthy - it's comprehensive, judicious, detailed. And he sets theman in his time very well. What lets him down is a rather ponderous prose style, and this makes for slightly hard work as an audiobook, as the narrator also suffers from worthiness: you do need to concentrate. If you have listended to Brands audiobook version of Benjamin Franklin's biography, you will understand what I mean.

All that said, this is a fine book andI thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend to anyone intersted in Andrew Jackson, his life and times and place in history.

My only beef is that it is annoying that the publishers have made two audiobooks. Although the book is long, longer have been published as one, so it can only be to make more money out of the hapless reader. Audible should discourage this sort of thing.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-09-2005
  • Publisher: Books on Tape