Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy. Jackson's election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people, not distant elites, were the guiding force in American politics. Democracy made its stand in the Jackson years, and he gave voice to the hopes and the fears of a restless, changing nation facing challenging times at home and threats abroad.
This was a brilliant work by Jon Meacham, but it was everything I could do to listen to it through to the end. This narrator definitely needs to find a better line of work. Terrible!
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Who was the greater economist--Adam Smith or Charles Darwin? The question seems absurd. Darwin, after all, was a naturalist, not an economist. But Robert Frank, New York Times economics columnist and best-selling author of The Economic Naturalist, predicts that within the next century Darwin will unseat Smith as the intellectual founder of economics.
Frank has come up with the most sensible explanation and most practical solution to our current economic mess. If this doesn't change the way you view the economy and society in general, I would be amazed. If only the people in government would pay attention.