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Andrew Jackson: A Biography (Great Generals) Hardcover – September 2, 2008

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A foremost scholar of the Jacksonian era and official historian of the House of Representatives considers the seventh president’s military career for the Great Generals series. A teenaged Jackson fought in the Revolution’s vicious campaigns in the Carolinas. Later, heading the local militia in Tennessee, he led numerous skirmishes against the Cherokees, Creeks, and others. Remini covers Jackson’s best-known battle, that of New Orleans in 1815, in some detail. He completely though succinctly explains the “pacification” of Florida and the Seminole wars, which greatly embarrassed President Monroe and his cabinet, though Jackson was motivated in his wars against the Creeks and the Seminoles by the belief that settlers deserved to live unmolested as well as by subscribing to the concept of Manifest Destiny. He weaves Jackson’s personal characteristics—stubbornness, ambition, a very thin skin, but great concern for those under his responsibility—and details of the times into his account, thereby creating a very well-drawn sketch, if hardly a full portrait. A first choice for nonspecialist readers about matters now obscured by partisan propaganda. --Frieda Murray

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“The official historian for the House of Representatives expertly limns Jackson's qualities as a military leader.” ―The Washington Post

“Remini, the prize-winning author of a multivolume biography of Jackson, proves a good choice for Palgrave's "Great Generals" study of Jackson from a military perspective. . . . [A] fine introduction based on years of advanced knowledge on the subject, distilled by Remini into a very good read. . . . General Clark's foreword offers a concise preview that effectively connects the book with the other books in this series. For a good story, a clear understanding of a formative--and controversial--figure in American history, this volume is strongly recommended.” ―Library Journal

“Robert Remini, the greatest Jackson scholar alive, offers a long-overdue reevaluation of Jackson's military career. Writing with customary brio, Remini brings to life Jackson's battles and wars, but goes further to enlarge Jackson's reputation as a strategist and tactician, and to suggest how those skills aided him in his later political career. Here is a fine addition to what is turning into an excellent series of military biographies.” ―Sean Wilentz, Princeton University, award-winning author of The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln

“Andrew Jackson's preeminent biographer has written a compelling narrative of Jackson's remarkable military career, judiciously sown with telling anecdotes that bring him to life. Jackson's iron will and genius for leadership leap from the pages.” ―Joseph Wheelan, author of Mr. Adams's Last Crusade: John Quincy Adams's Extraordinary Post-Presidential Career

“This Andrew Jackson biography is as exciting as it is important, and shows how a very complex military was molded from frontier clay during America's formative years.” ―Donald A. Davis, bestselling author of Shooter and Kill Zone

“In prose that is characteristically clear and often stirring, America's foremost expert on Andrew Jackson and his time sheds new light on an as yet unexplored side of Old Hickory -- the relentless military man.” ―Alan Pell Crawford, author of Twilight at Monticello: The Final Years of Thomas Jefferson

“When it comes to Jackson . . . there are few who have such a masterly command of the sources as Mr. Remini [who] kept me up late at night reading and causing me to wonder why, with narrative history such as this, anyone bothers to read historical novels.” ―Roger D. McGrath, The Wall Street Journal

“Robert Remini, the dean of historians of Andrew Jackson, has done it again. In this vivid, insightful, and illuminating study of Jackson the general, Remini paints a revealing portrait of Jackson in the field. This is an essential book for anyone interested in one of the greatest and most controversial military leaders in American history. And on top of all that, it is a sprightly, entertaining read.” ―Jon Meacham, editor of Newsweek

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Product Details

  • Series: Great Generals
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (September 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230600158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230600157
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,714,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have almost all of the General books. I paid regular price for a few of them. I was very happy with the condition and price of the Andrew Jackson book. It is like new, dust cover is excellent, book cover and pages are like new. Very happy with my purchase
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