By Jon Meacham
Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of associates, and his tumultuous occasions are on the middle of this notable ebook concerning the guy who rose from not anything to create the fashionable presidency. cherished and hated, honored and reviled, Andrew Jackson was once an orphan who fought his approach to the head of energy, bending the country to his will within the explanation for democracy. Jackson’s election in 1828 ushered in a brand new and lasting period during which the folks, now not far-off elites, have been the guiding strength in American politics. Democracy made its stand within the Jackson years, and he gave voice to the hopes and the fears of a stressed, altering country dealing with not easy instances at domestic and threats in another country. to inform the saga of Jackson’s presidency, acclaimed writer Jon Meacham is going contained in the Jackson White residence. Drawing on newly found relations letters and papers, he information the human drama–the kin, the ladies, and the interior circle of advisers–that formed Jackson’s deepest international via years of hurricane and victory.
One of our most important but dimly recalled presidents, Jackson was once a battle-hardened warrior, the founding father of the Democratic social gathering, and the architect of the presidency as we all know it. His tale is one in every of violence, intercourse, braveness, and tragedy. along with his robust character, his obtrusive bravery, and his mystical connection to the folks, Jackson moved the White condominium from the outer edge of presidency to the guts of nationwide motion, articulating a imaginative and prescient of switch that challenged entrenched pursuits to heed the preferred will–or face his ambitious wrath. the best of the presidents who've Jackson within the White House–from Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt to FDR to Truman–have discovered concept in his instance, and advantage in his vision.
Jackson was once the main contradictory of guys. The architect of the elimination of Indians from their local lands, he was once warmly sentimental and risked every little thing to offer extra energy to boring electorate. He used to be, briefly, much like his state: alternately type and cruel, significant and blind; and a guy who fought a lifelong conflict to maintain the republic safe–no topic what it took.
Jon Meacham in American Lion has brought the definitive human portrait of a pivotal president who without end replaced the yank presidency–and the United States itself.
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American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham