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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (January 29, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060801328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060801328
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

This brief biography focuses more on the political career of Andrew Jackson than on his military heroism at the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. It nevertheless provides an overview of the martial events that made Jackson's rise to the presidency possible. Robert Remini is widely touted as one of the great historians of the Jacksonian era, and Andrew Jackson is his most accessible book on the period's most intriguing figure.

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"In this concise and well-written biography Robert V. Remini has a more ambitious objective than merely recounting the life of a famous man.He portrays the President not as a symbol of the age nor a personification of proletarian striving, but as a shrewd and able politician, a pioneer in using the office of the presidency for both national and narrowly partisan purposes.His account is persuasive and well documented." -- -- Political Science Quarterly

"Remini, an old hand at unraveling the politics of this era, writes with assurance and cuts through hoary legends.A stimulating reassessment." -- -- Choice

"The best biography of Andrew Jackson available." -- Library Journal

"Persuasive and well documented." -- Political Science Quarterly

"Remini, an old hand at unraveling the politics of this era, writes with assurance and cuts through hoary legends.A stimulating reassessment." -- Choice

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I've read a lot of presidential biographies and this is a good book.
Robert Kirk
The whole life of Andrew Jackson is not disclosed in this review, but this book is an excellent source to discover his life.
JMack
Professor Remini's book, Andrew Jackson, is a well written and interesting biography of one of our greatest presidents.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Logan on May 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
Few American presidents could be said to have left such a distinctive mark on the office and the nation as Andrew Jackson. Even as Jackson's legend fades into the mists of the past, we owe it to ourselves to reach back and draw it up into the light of honor accorded such giants as Washington, Lincoln and FDR, because Jackson was a figure of equal stature. One way to accomplish this is to read Robert V. Remini's concise history entitled simply Andrew Jackson, a quick, yet surprisingly thorough chronicling of Jackson's many achievements as president, politician, general and pivotal figure in the establishment and settlement of the state of Tennessee.

What makes Jackson so interesting is the way his checkered past shaped the trajectory of his Presidency. Decades before Lincoln, he was the first president to be born into rustic circumstances and rise above them to achieve greatness, but unlike Lincoln, his story is not that of a paragon of virtue overcoming adversity with folksy charm and wit. Jackson was a bully, an adulterer, a blowhard and a holder of grudges, character flaws that he eventually reshaped to his advantage, and to that of the nation's.

Humiliated and wounded as a boy during the Revolution, Jackson carried a lethal grudge against the British that eventually got its airing during the War of 1812 when he commanded US forces in the Battle of New Orleans and won a lopsided victory that sent a stinging message to the rest of the world about the folly of underestimating America's determination to defend its sovereignty.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
From the beginning, it is obvious that Remini is fascinated by Jackson. Every description of Jackson fawns over his political acumen, his skills, his bravery, etc. And, as mentioned in another review, as soon as Jackson wins the Battle of New Orleans, "the Hero" becomes a synonym for "Jackson" for the rest of the book. Setting aside how brightly the portrait of Jackson glows, Remini's biography is an excellent introduction to the man and the age he ushered in. From the tales (some of which are duly noted as apocryphal) of his youth to his battles with Congress and foreign powers and, of course, the showdown with South Carolina over tariffs during the Nullification Crisis, Remini manages to hit an ideal balance between surface details and analysis for a popular biography. And while Remini does act the apologist at times, he does little to sugarcoat some of Jackson's more unsavory ideas and traits. All in all, a solid, quick introduction to life of Jackson.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Silambs on May 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
"Andrew Jackson" is a brief (just over 200 pages) but entertaining look at the 7th President of the US. Robert Remini looks at what made Jackson a great President and greater politician focusing on selected issues, such as his fight with the Bank of the United States.
The one drawback is Remini being such a partisan in favor of Jackson. Granted, the brevity of this book precludes from going into depth on many issues, but anything that puts a dim light on "the Hero", as Remini calls him, is mentioned in a sentence and left by the wayside.
For a quick read, this book is worthwhile, but for a more in-depth treatment of Jackson, read the "Age of Jackson" by Schlesinger or Remini's own excellent 3 volume Jackson bio.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Fernandez on March 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
This may not be the most thorough of biographies but it is very good. Although Mr. Remini does seem to admire Andrew Jackson, he doesn't gloss over his failings: his treatment of the Cherokee Nation, his inability to see the need for some sort of central bank, his brutal treatment of just about everybody during the Indian wars. I felt the author's refering to Andrew Jackson as 'the hero' was done more for artistic flourish rather than concrete evaluation.
The book is an easy read and Mr. Remini is an entertaining writer. He packs an amazing amount of information into the 200 pages of this book. I am looking forward to reading his three volume biography of Andrew Jackson.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Haworth on June 26, 2010
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Robert Remini is no doubt one of the most celebrated Jacksonian scholars, and his profound admiration of the seventh president is well known. Any informed reader coming to this book will expect excellent scholarship and a deep pro-Jackson bent. But this book goes beyond "positive press" into the realm of hero worship. It is smooth and easy to read; a good choice, perhaps, if you are dreading having to read a history book. Just understand that there are divergent opinions about General Jackson. So, for instance, where Remini shakes his head in wonder at his "sharp contrasts, angular twists, and sudden turns" in his personality, another would suggest there is an easier way to understand this man: a leader of men, a man of fine physical courage, but at the end of the day a warlord; a man who weighed decisions by his own ambitions and sense of right, hang what any man (or document) may say; a demagogue, and easy prey for the likes of Martin Van Buren. We are also reminded through this book that Remini wrote it 45 years ago, and the viewpoints of a more Euro-centric America show. For instance: during the First Seminole War, the Seminole Indians fled to Spanish Florida in the belief that they were safe from Jackson in Spanish territory. Jackson interprets the event like this: "When the Indians heard they had been turned over to the tender mercies of Andrew Jackson, they fled in terror . . . To the red men all Jackson needed to do was simply point at them and they perished where they stood." Sigh . . .
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