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  • American Lion: A Biography of President Andrew Jackson

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jon Meacham
    • Narrated By John H. Mayer
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

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

    A User says: "disappointing"
    "disappointing"
    Overall

    I think the only other biography I've read with higher praise for its main character is the New Testament. The Indians perform "brutal massacres on the settlers", whereas Jackson wins a glorious victory over the Indians, all Jackson's political opponents are conniving and greedy whereas Jackson himself is as good as the day is long and so on. The author's infatuation with Jackson blurs the historical details to such an extent that it's difficult to know what the true facts are.
    Jackson might have been a great man, but I would have preferred to make up my own mind.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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