American Lion : Andrew Jackson in the White House (Paperback)

Author: Meacham, Jon

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American Lion is an unflinching portrait of a not-always-admirable democrat but a pivotal president, written with an agile prose that brings the Jackson saga to life.

Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency.

To tell the saga of Jackson’s presidency, acclaimed author Jon Meacham goes inside the Jackson White House. Drawing on newly discovered family letters and papers, he details the human drama--the family, the women, and the inner circle of advisers--that shaped Jackson’s private world through years of storm and victory.

Jon Meacham in American Lion has delivered the definitive human portrait of a pivotal president who forever changed the American presidency--and America itself.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780812973464
SKU 211041746
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0812973461
Release Date 6/16/2009
"AMERICAN LION, Jon Meacham's carefully analytical biography, looks past the theatrics and posturing to the essential elements of Jackson's many showdowns....Case by case, Mr. Meacham dissects Jackson's battles and reinterprets them in a revealing new light....AMERICAN LION balances the best of Jackson with the worst."
"Jackson's stormy and controversial Administration is the subject of Jon Meacham's engrossing and admiring AMERICAN LION: ANDREW JACKSON IN THE WHITE HOUSE...."
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Annotation Jon Meacham's account of the White House years of Andrew Jackson shows him to be a man of principle as well as of passion. Even in those days, says Meacham, Washington was a hardball town, and he recounts how factions, rivalries, and revenge-taking sometimes ruled the day. But Meacham shows, through Jackson, that politics can be principled as well. Jackson's core values--loyalty, being first--and his belief in populism brought him into conflict with Congress. Meacham examines the many battles that helped shape American history, showing Jackson to be, perhaps, the central figure of 19th-century America. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2008, and winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography.
Editors Note Chronicles the life and career of Andrew Jackson, a self-made man who went on to become a military hero and seventh president of the United States, analyzing Jackson's seminal role during a turbulent era in history.
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Number of Pages 0483
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