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I wouldn't have picked this book out to read necessarily, but after buying it at a used book sale I thought I'd give it a try. It isn't a biography of Jackson, but more about the "age of Jackson" and the influence he had on society and vice versa.I found it particularly interesting because Jackson was the first populist president elected. He was very different from his predecessors who were Harvard educated and part of the elite. There are benefits and disadvantages to both types of men.I though...
A classic of American Studies that certainly has its moments still, at least as literary/cultural analysis.
Solid book on Andrew Jackson
One of the worst books ever!!!!!!!! It is so stupid!! It is not even about him. It doesn't even make sense.
The man, the myth, the legend. You choose, which one was he.
Smart and unconventional bio. Excellent study and a great read.
Fits more as an American Studies work than a true history or biography. Ward explores the ideas of nature, providence, and will in the Early Republic through the person of Andrew Jackson.
The Jacksonian age is fascinating in light of present political circumstances. While the book purports to be about President Jackson, it is much more about American politics and culture in the first half of the 19th century. Reading it reminded me that there is nothing new under the sun. The politics of that day were as corrupt, as personal, as sensational as today's. We simply have not learned enough history to realize it. The parallels between Jackson's political life--definitely not his milit...
This is not a book for those who want a normal biography of this president. However, the book provides considerable information on political thought (of elites and the public at large) in the Jacksonian era including long quotes from original sources that most of us would never ferret out.