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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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    RealTruth Investor Relations, MN 02-20-13
    RealTruth Investor Relations, MN 02-20-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Good book, inspirational and narrated well"

    Another well written book from this author. He effectively elaborates on the issues Jackson faced in the field as a commander and as a politician. Some readers may not be so keen to hear about the war of 1812 and the frontier conflicts, although seems mostly accurate.

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    martin jackson, CA, United States 05-17-12
    martin jackson, CA, United States 05-17-12 Member Since 2016
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    "sweeping"
    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


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    Amazon Customer 04-23-17 Member Since 2016
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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.

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    Anthony Englert Chicago 03-28-17
    Anthony Englert Chicago 03-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Takes a long time to get to Jacksonian Democracy"
    Would you listen to Andrew Jackson again? Why?

    I would listen again to catch some of the nuances of his early life that I may have missed. I think the first 5 chapters are worth a second listen.


    What other book might you compare Andrew Jackson to and why?

    A bit like "John Adams" but with less letters to his wife. It is a biography and like most it favors the protagonist.


    Which character – as performed by John H. Mayer – was your favorite?

    He did not do characters he simply read with some infleciton.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book once you can get past some of the early chapters. Jackson's life was a long one and his presidency is only 8 years so perhaps it is appropriate that only about 10% of the book is spent on those 8 years. I feel it was well written and very well read. It is easy to see why Jackson was a "man of the people" and how that changed American politics forever. The final chapter foreshadowing American politics is very well done.

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    Jack M 02-26-17
    Jack M 02-26-17 Member Since 2013
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    "The model populist president"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Excellent story and well spoken. I was struck by the parallels between Andrew Jackson and Donald Trump as both battle not only the opposition party but also the establishment of their own party. Both also believe strongly in the rights of the states--but not at the expense of the Union.


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    Mitch Leventhal New York, NY, United States 03-24-15
    Mitch Leventhal New York, NY, United States 03-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Love him or hate him, Jackson was larger than life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This well presented and detailed biography does great justice to a great and controversial American leader. Andrew Jackson was truly a man of his times, who towered over all others, leaving an indelible political stamp that endures to this day.


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    Boots 06-09-14
    Boots 06-09-14

    Jim Bronson

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    "Olde Hickory"
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    I have always been captivated by Pres. Jackson ever since I saw his domineering presence at the Hall of the Presidents exhibit at Disneyland and Anaheim California in the late 1960s. Also I enjoyed watching him be portrayed by Charlton Heston in the movie back in the 1960s. He was truly a great president that helped shape the country and win the war against the British in 1814 to help with that notion to rest. If you're not very good at geography you will need a map to follow along with this book to understand all the names and places of where he went in what battles he fought and how they all related to his home in Tennessee. The book is an easy lesson that follows the progression of the facts about his life all the way through the presidency.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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