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American Lion Audiobook

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, Biography/Autobiography, 2009

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.

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.

One of our most significant yet dimly recalled presidents, Jackson was a battle-hardened warrior, the founder of the Democratic Party, and the architect of the presidency as we know it. His story is one of violence, sex, courage, and tragedy. With his powerful persona, his evident bravery, and his mystical connection to the people, Jackson moved the White House from the periphery of government to the center of national action, articulating a vision of change that challenged entrenched interests to heed the popular will or face his formidable wrath. The greatest of the presidents who have followed Jackson in the White House have found inspiration in his example, and virtue in his vision.

Jackson was the most contradictory of men. The architect of the removal of Indians from their native lands, he was warmly sentimental and risked everything to give more power to ordinary citizens. He was, in short, a lot like his country: alternately kind and vicious, brilliant and blind; and a man who fought a lifelong war to keep the republic safe, no matter what it took.

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

©2008 Jon Meacham; (P)2008 Random House

What the Critics Say

"A master storyteller, Meacham interweaves the lives of Jackson and the members of his inner circle to create a highly original book." (Doris Kearns Goodwin)
"American Lion is a spellbinding, brilliant and irresistible journey into the heart of Andrew Jackson and his unforgettable circle of friends and enemies." (Michael Beschloss)
"What passes for political drama today pales in the reading of Jon Meacham's vividly told story of our seventh president....Reading "American Lion" one is no longer able to look on the gaunt, craggy face on the $20 bill without hearing the tumult of America in the making." (Tina Brown)

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    John Zajaros Lakewood, Ohio 04-16-17
    John Zajaros Lakewood, Ohio 04-16-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Andrew Jackson - Misunderstood Hero"

    The history books often downplay and often minimize both his contribution and his magnetism. Jackson, like Lincoln, lived the Union above all else. Without either, we would have had neither! Andrew Jackson was a man of his time! Well read and researched. A must!

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    J. Grablowski Detroit, MI USA 04-07-17
    J. Grablowski Detroit, MI USA 04-07-17 Member Since 2016

    "Your criticism sounds as if you have read too many critical books and are too smart in an artificial, destructive, very limited way."

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    "Fascinating man, spotty account"

    This book primarily deals with Jackson's presidency, but unfortunately fails to capture his brilliance and complexity in any formidable way. Absurd focus on the Petticoat affair coupled with a lack of emphasis on monumental achievements like the SC rebellion diplomatic wrangling a make this a mediocre title for a colossus of a president. We are told he is great, but never do we feel his greatness in the writing.

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    Benjamin Nashville, TN, United States 02-19-13
    Benjamin Nashville, TN, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Meacham is always impressive"
    Would you listen to American Lion again? Why?

    No.
    Jefferson was so much better in my view.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Lion?

    the fact that the Civil War could have started in Jackson's administration.


    What about Richard McGondale’s performance did you like?

    I thought he was very good- although not excellent


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    American Lion is the perfect description


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    Roanld Tenney 08-07-12 Listener Since 2004

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    "Compelling narrative -Flawed but inspirational man"

    Jackson is a person I had come to revile. I learned of the Trail of Tears, the duels and all. Yet, he was a figure of inspiration to many. This book is balance and entertaining. It has re-kindled my interest in this phase of American History.

    I have read one other book my Jon Meacham, American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation. Though not my favorite author, this book is amazing. it flows well and never bored me.

    I hate to be critical of the narration, but Richard McGondale does not entertain me as many others do. This is not to say that the narration is bad. For my ear, he is not as good as others such as Scott Brick.

    I highly recommend this book if you are interested in biography and Early American History.

    RT

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    Victor Pasadena, CA, United States 02-18-10
    Victor Pasadena, CA, United States 02-18-10
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    "Read around Jackson"

    This was very dissapointing. It felt as if the author was trying not to write about Jackson as he would give you a tiny bit of info about Jackson and then go on and on about how Jackson's friend and family reacted. Ugh.

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    D. Hile Evans, GA United States 02-17-10
    D. Hile Evans, GA United States 02-17-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Good Book"

    I started this book with negative impression of Jackson. While not sugar coating the rough edges the author clearly illustrates his actions and motivations. It was also very interesting to explore the perpetual debate over our form of government and its divisions of power. It shows that there is nothing new under the sun.

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    Hal Miami, FL, United States 01-31-12
    Hal Miami, FL, United States 01-31-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting, but depressing"

    This book sounds like it was written by a gossip columnist. I realize it was written by a fine historian, but in dealing with Andrew Jackson, he didn't have much other material to work with.

    When Jackson became President, the era of the Founding Fathers was over, and our modern political system was born. If this had been its purpose, the book could have been much shorter - and for me, more interesting.

    Jackson, to use his words, was a man of the people - of the political mass, which he identified with completely. The American frontiersmen were just that - crude and greedy - as they made clear by their treatment of the Indians.

    This could probably be made into a movie, with the most salacious parts emphasized. The jealousies of the women would provide some interesting character studies, much like a soap opera - which it resembles.

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    Craig Hill Carmel, IN United States 01-07-17
    Craig Hill Carmel, IN United States 01-07-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Editorial rather than biography."

    Not chronological. lots of opinion. few stories. Not sure what the plot is. jumps about. didn't like it.

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    Amazon Customer Bernardsville, NJ USA 09-02-16
    Amazon Customer Bernardsville, NJ USA 09-02-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Not a lot if details about Jackson's whole life"

    The reading was great. Focus is on the presidency only. if you are looking for a bio on Jackson's whole life this is not for you.

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    R. Prosser 07-08-16
    R. Prosser 07-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very, very detailed (and yet still omitted things)"
    What made the experience of listening to American Lion the most enjoyable?

    I am reading/listening to all the presidential bios. Jackson was up and I was very excited to learn more about this man and his times. The amount of detail is off the charts. If you like Jackson, you'll love this book.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would like to have seen the author jump to points a little faster and maybe spend less time on some of the ancillary characters that have been lost to history.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No way. I like to spread them out and listen to them on my commute.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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