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- Listening Length: 17 hours and 21 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Books on Tape
- Audible.com Release Date: November 11, 2008
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B001L4EE06
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American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House Audiobook – Unabridged
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I would say that this is not a good first book to read about Jackson. His childhood is covered in some detail, but the periods of his military career, his training as a lawyer, his term as a Tennessee congressman, are covered too briefly. Meacham states in his acknowledgment section that he has deliberately not attempted to cover Jackson entire life in detail.
The eight years of Jackson's presidency are the focus of the book. The main issues that characterize Jackson's presidency: the threat of secession by South Carolina, the dissolution of the national bank, standoff with the French over the payment of reparations, expanded use of the presidential veto, etc., were covered in detail. However, as a newcomer to the subject, I sometimes could have used more context. For instance, there was not much discussion of how a national bank came to be and what the counter-arguments might have been for preserving it.
On the other hand, there was (in my view) excessive detail given over infighting between some very minor characters in American history. In the acknowledgment section, Meacham explains that new information about these people had come to light since previous biographies on Jackson were published so Meacham deliberately focused on these matters.
If you have read previous books on Jackson and on this period in American history, you may find some interesting new stuff in Meacham's book. But if you are a novice like myself, there must be a better book out there to start with.
I think what made this more entertaining for me and hard to put down, was the focus on those in Andrew Jackson's life and their influence on him and his thinking. From past Andrew's adoptive family, to his political foes who in some cases became good friends and allies, played an important role in telling Andrew Jackson life story as General Jackson himself.
This was a fantastic read and I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who would like to learn more about this great and flawed President.
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