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American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House


Book Overview: American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

The definitive biography of a larger-than-life president who defied norms, divided a nation, and changed Washington forever: Andrew Jackson.

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.

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PublisherRandom House Trade PaperbacksRandom House
Publication Date2009-04-302008-11-11
EditionFirst EditionFirst Edition
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Jon Meacham is a renowned American writer, journalist, and historian. He served as the former executive editor and executive vice president at Random House and was a contributing editor at Time Magazine. Renowned for his depth of knowledge and nuanced understanding of American politics, Meacham has made significant contributions to the literature and historical narrative of the U.S. Meacham's prowess as an author is underlined by his Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for his biography “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.” His range of historical works, including "Franklin and Winston," "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power," and "The Soul of America," have garnered critical acclaim for their insightful exploration of US history and leadership. A respected media figure, Meacham also contributes regularly to Morning Joe on MSNBC and writes for The New York Times and The Washington Post. In recognition of his efforts in promoting understanding through historical narratives, Meacham was awarded the Chattanooga History Center’s inaugural History Makers Award in 2015.

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