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American Lion
By Jon Meacham

American Lion

Andrew Jackson in the White House large type edition

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American Lion by Jon Meacham

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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. To tell the saga of Jackson s presidency, acclaimed author Jon Meacham goes inside the Jackson White House. Drawing on newly discovered family letters and papers, he details the human drama the family, the women, and the inner circle of advisers that shaped Jackson s private world through years of storm and victory. 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 from Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt to FDR to Truman 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. "From the Hardcover edition.""

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780739328170
ISBN-10: 0739328174
Format: Paperback / softback
(232mm x 158mm x 40mm)
Pages: 876
Imprint: Random House Large Print Publishing
Publish Date: 11-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jon Meacham

Jon Meacham is the editor of "Newsweek "and author of "American Lion" and the "New York Times "bestsellers "Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship" and "American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation." He lives in New York City with his wife and children. "From the Hardcover edition."

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