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Explore the captivating life of Andrew Jackson!

When Jackson left the White House after two presidential terms, he had achieved a rare feat: He left office with even more popularity than when he first entered it. His reputation as a strong president and a “champion of working-class democracy” has nevertheless been viewed through a more nuanced lens in recent years. 

In 2016, President Barack Obama decided to replace Andrew Jackson’s visage on the front of the $20 bill with a portrait of abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Meanwhile, current President Donald Trump has repeatedly drawn parallels between himself and Jackson via his infamous Twitter account and public speeches. He even put a portrait of Jackson in the Oval Office and visited his tomb in Nashville shortly after being sworn in. 

The present day is thus an apt time for a look into Jackson’s divisive life and legacy and that is what this captivating audiobook offers. 

Some of the topics covered in this audiobook include: 

  • The war orphan
  • The gentleman
  • The scarlet woman
  • The congressman
  • Supreme Court Justice and major general
  • Old Hickory
  • Sharp knife
  • War hero
  • Expansion
  • Presidential candidate
  • A Tumultuous presidency
  • Jacksonian reform
  • Retirement
  • And much more!

Click "Listen to this audiobook now!" button to learn more about Andrew Jackson!

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Brave Warrior,Strong Willed, Powerful.

A very stimulating, thought-provoking enjoyable look at a very robust minded man who supposed he knew the best way to think and act. He did some good things. He was responsible for the mass movement of the Indians out of their homelands, i.e. the trail of tears. He believed they had to go, that homesteaders would clash with them. A well written book, I could hardly put it down.

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American Lion or Ultra-Nationalist.

Andrew Jackson’s was a true American Lion, worth reading, especially his personality, political skills, and institutional innovations, and for author’s expert recounting of the Eaton Affair. At the same time, there are serious omissions and distortions caused by the author's admiration for Jackson's aggressive brand of American nationalism. Author has almost nothing to say about the role of slave holding in his hero's life and politics, nor does he show much understanding of the sources of violence in a frontier culture.

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A decent lion from USA.

Interesting, yes, it was informative. Plus, the depth of the psychological analysis was "Jackson had no children, so his relatives and the country substituted as his children." Maybe as one motivation, but that doesn't seem to tell the whole tale. I gave it 5 because you did a lot research about personal things you might necessarily have known.

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Indeed an enlightening portrait.

Other than the over-all winning of US side at the Battles a great historical character portrayed by the author, I knew almost nothing of Andrew Jackson. This book heaves a great deal of light on a period of time in our country that lies between the American Revolution and the Civil War. The author has done all of us a public service in illustrating where we have come from and how our country has been preserved by the rare great men who have been President.

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One of the best president of USA.

He is often called, the "Father of the Country", he accomplished his presidency as if he was handling a family. He's the first president to campaign on the road and with using his own funds, and lived through an endeavored assassination. This book sheds a lot of light on who the man was, how he managed the White House, and the legacy he left to us all.

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HIs Politics, His Family Life, and His Legacy.

All in all, listening about Jackson's struggle and the threats of secession by South Carolina and other southern states, during his presidency is educational and interesting. Jackson began a new era of presidents as he was not one of the Founding Fathers but he stood his ground and unlike politicians of today, he was for the people.

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Understanding the Man.....

If you're looking for a biography on President Jackson, this book covers his life from a young child through his death. As one of the little known Presidents, I learned a lot from listening to this book. The author is not the best writer as he continuously adds his own opinion to things, and there are sections that I skimmed due to that fact.

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Understand the comparison to Trump.

As told from the beginning, this book was just on his White House years. A fuller biography you have to find somewhere else. A little too histrionic in his early years as President for my liking but, I envisage, the book covered all the essential goings on. Understand the comparison to Trump. Can't see Trump as that demanding though. A good read!

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This was fantastic audible.

I think what made this more entertaining for me and hard to put down, was the focus on those in Andrew Jackson's life and their inspiration on him and his thinking. From past Andrew's adoptive family, to his political foes who in some cases became good friends and allies, played an important role in telling Andrew Jackson life story as General Jackson himself.

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Valuable, insightful and entertaining.

I haven't read an autobiography in a few years and I am pleased that I underway again with this copy. It was enormously entertaining and insightful and provided me new insights into the presidency as well as the man, Andrew Jackson.

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  • 08-13-18

Great history in it.

The author has done an excellent job of fleshing out the body of knowledge we had about Old Hickory. He has vehemently reminded us of the man's character strengths and faults. He has also described for us the problems with which he had to deal and his approach to them. In his account of the times and the man, he has helped us understand more clearly that Andrew Jackson was one of the most influential presidents in our nation's history.

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  • 08-13-18

A great book in a great president...

I found this book very interesting and easy to understand. From the book I learned to appreciate Jackson as one of our greatest presidents. What caught most of my consideration was how the election campaign were run very similar to today's presidential election? All the bombast is mostly daubing each other and not talking enough about the issues.

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  • Cleveden
  • 08-13-18

The 1st Populist President.

Indeed well written history of Andrew Jackson's Presidency as the first democratic President that was not part of the Eastern founding father's establishment. Very enlightening for anyone looking at Pres 45's experiences to date and what his future may well hold.

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  • Morrison
  • 08-13-18

You will not be disappointed.

Just finished listening to this book. A great listening 2 hrs and 6 mins of a tome which captivates the whole time as it explicates the Jacksonian tradition. For any student of American History, this thoroughly researched read explains how Andrew Jackson served as a template for executive power for other presidents like Lincoln who in turn served as an example for other later presidents. A great read for any politico who observes the current political environment in Washington.

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  • Roger
  • 08-13-18

Jackson -- love him or hate him

This is interesting in that it shows how fiercely loyal Jackson was to those loyal to him and how he could turn on anyone he believed became disloyal. Jackson firmly believed he represented the will of the people and created the modern imperial presidency. All in all, I prefer the personality & style .

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  • Fredrik
  • 08-13-18

One of the best books/biography.

A thorough biography of Jackson, whose view of the indissolubility of the Union informed Lincoln and helped form the country we know. Even more remarkable is that he believed in slavery and engineered the removal of the Cherokees. His victory over Biddle and the Bank of the United States is well described, but the cautionary tale that episode should have for us is slighted.

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  • Johan
  • 08-13-18

Still the perfect gift book.

I wanted to read this just to know what Jackson himself was about. This was a good read. After trying to struggle through Teddy Roosevelt by another writer, I was amazed at how much easier it was to read this author.

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  • Peter
  • 08-13-18

An Unstoppable Biography.

The bibliography itself is worth the price of the book, and I'm happy that it is a best-seller to give the reading public an intelligence of how significant the history of that era was and leftovers. Just a first-rate effort into the study of such an enigmatic figure of the American pageantry. Thank you for writing this wonderful and sober account of the seventh president.

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  • Shirley
  • 08-13-18

The author is an excellent historian.

While no one can actually capture Andrew Jackson in one-volume, the author certainly comes very close. Every time I thought he was leaving out some historic episode, I would just have to keep reading to capture all of the affected moments that were part of Jackson's reputation and legacy.

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  • Lara
  • 08-13-18

I learned a lot about Andrew Jackson I never knew

This seems to me to be a good entry level popular history/biography. You can read the other reviews for its accuracy & biases. The book is prearranged in to different chapters, & I found myself listening the book a chapter at a time.