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Andrew Jackson Audiobook

Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times

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Publisher's Summary

The most famous American of his time, Andrew Jackson is a seminal figure in American history. The first "common man" to rise to the presidency, Jackson embodied the spirit and the vision of the emerging American nation; the term "Jacksonian democracy" is embedded in our national lexicon.

With the sweep, passion, and attention to detail that made The First American a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a national best seller, historian H.W. Brands shapes a historical narrative that's as fast-paced and compelling as the best fiction. He follows Andrew Jackson from his days as rebellious youth, risking execution to free the Carolinas of the British during the Revolutionary War, to his years as a young lawyer and congressman from the newly settled frontier state of Tennessee. As general of the Tennessee militia, he put down a massive Indian uprising in the South, securing the safety of American settlers, and his famous rout of the British at the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812 made him a national hero.

But it is Jackson's contributions as president, however, that won him a place in the pantheon of America's greatest leaders. A man of the people, without formal education or the family lineage of the Founding Fathers, he sought as president to make the country a genuine democracy, governed by and for the people. Jackson, although respectful of states' rights, devoted himself to the preservation of the Union, whose future in that age was still very much in question. When South Carolina, his home state, threatened to secede over the issue of slavery, Jackson promised to march down with 100,000 federal soldiers should it dare.

©2005 H.W. Brands; (P)2005 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Illuminating both the mettle of a fascinating leader and the crucible in which American democracy was forged....[Brands'] effort is intensely engaging....A bracing, human portrait of both a remarkable man and of American democracy as it was transformed from a 'government of the people' into a 'government by the people'." (Publishers Weekly)
"This complete and completely enveloping biography indelibly establishes Jackson's abiding sense of duty in serving democracy....A distinguished treatment certain to be the most authoritative and comprehensive account for some time." (Booklist)

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    martin 05-17-12
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    What made the experience of listening to Andrew Jackson the most enjoyable?

    covers the best and worst of what made the US what it is. Thank God


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steve 10-27-11
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    "A profound & riveting profile of a Great American"

    I have long sought historical writings that fulfill the desire I have for knowledge and understanding. In the research and expository of HW Brands Andrew Jackson has come to life. He is fierce and magnanimous. He is a definitive example of our American Spirit. Brands delves deep into the life of Jackson and leaves you with a scent and taste of life in America during his lifetime. You feel you are a part of the scenery of his life. Brands does a masterful job of bringing Jackson to life. His approach does not involve political correctness, nor is it politically flavored. It is an honest assessment of a man who experienced a life of suffering with magnificent discipline. You will not find this volume written with a bias. It is a work of integrity.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Vero beach 09-30-17
    Joe Vero beach 09-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Everrything"

    Every single thing you want to know.
    Beginning to end
    Smarter than you and me

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    david s. tarr LOWELL, MA, US 09-08-17
    david s. tarr LOWELL, MA, US 09-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"

    Best book ever on Jackson. Thoroughly researched and thoroughly entertaining the George Washington of the 19th century

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    "Good overall but!"

    I knock this book for the chapter arrangement. The book chapters do not match.

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    Mojomugger 06-20-17
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    What made the experience of listening to Andrew Jackson the most enjoyable?

    I had no idea what AJ went through to be president. Great book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    AJ total devotion to his principles.


    What about John H. Mayer’s performance did you like?

    Steady.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he became President.


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    "Well researched, exquisitely presented"

    Incredibly detailed look at the extent of President Jackson's entire life, from youth, through his law career and military service, and beyond to presidency and death. This is a wonderful depiction of historical context, revealing obscure details about a genuinely passionate American patriot and the ever-present struggles he endured, which shaped his personal leadership style as well as his indignant defiance to opposition. Before this book, I had very little knowledge of Old Hickory. Because of this book, I now regard him as one of my personal heroes. Outstanding work!

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    Brux 04-17-17
    Brux 04-17-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Controversy Brushed Aside for Great Man Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Andrew Jackson the most enjoyable?

    The narrative was engaging and fun to follow.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Confusion. I thought more would be said about Jackson's involvement in the forcible resettlement of the Cherokee Indians. I also thought more would be said about Jackson's financial interests in land gained by his betrayal of the Creek Indians. While Brands mentions these issues, they get short treatment while other less controversial issues (including veneration of Jackson) are given longer passages.


    Have you listened to any of John H. Mayer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. No complaints about the narrator. Often historical audiobooks can be dry. Mayer makes this book enjoyable to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Brands had allowed himself to be more critical of his subject. He by no means is a Jackson apologist - there's plenty of criticism of Jackson's often irrational use of violence -still, the biography seems to brush aside some controversies that had much more historical impact beyond Jackson's life.

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    peter fuller United States 03-30-17
    peter fuller United States 03-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "What a wealth of history eloquently written in a dynamic prose."

    The author provides great insight, deep background to characters, cultural explanations and point in time comparisons.

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    L. Quimby 03-30-17
    L. Quimby 03-30-17
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    "Excellent and Fair"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! H.W Brands gives an excellent account of the life of Andrew Jackson. I can only imagine the difficulty of creating a biography of such a controversial figure. However, Brands does an excellent job at giving a full account of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Most importantly, Brands very effectively illustrates the times in which Jackson lived and the circumstances under which his most difficult, and often controversial, decisions were made. Without attempting to judge those decisions through a modern lens or making excuses for them, Brands lays out the facts surrounding those pivotal moments in the life of Andrew Jackson and the United States.

    The Audible version narrated by John H. Mayer is excellent. Mayer adds value to the prose with an excellent performance.

    Overall, an excellent work that is worth the read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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