- Series: Signature Series
- Hardcover: 463 pages
- Publisher: American Political Biography Press (June 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0945707223
- ISBN-13: 978-0945707226
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,267,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Andrew Johnson : A Biography (Signature Series)
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Known for his Carl Schurz: A Biography (LJ 2/15/82), Trefousse delivers the first Johnson study in years, a definitive assessment of his career and presidency. Johnson's papers and other sources reveal his fatal idealization of the agrarian utopia, his fierce advocacy of strict Constitutional constructionism, and his imprudent insistence upon the Republican party's adoption of his views on race. Trefousse demonstrates that Johnson, because of his upbringing, was out of step with the great changes emerging at the end of the Civil War. His stubborn attachment to his increasingly archaic views was responsible for his political and military success, but also for his impeachment. A brilliant, compassionate portrait of a dynamic era of social change and national healing, and of the tragic failure of an American leader. Not to be missed.
- Susan E. Parker, Harvard Law Sch. Lib.
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A readable new biography of the 17th president that fills in many of the hidden corners of his life story. . . . The story of the man and the times that led to his impeachment is told with great authority. (Herbert Mitgang - New York Times ) --New York Times
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Johnson's ambitious rise from poverty is exciting; the novel revealed his character well. Though Johnson often changed alliances, he remained above all a Jacksonion and a Unionist. Partly because of the many politicians involved and his changing allegiances, some of the players could be difficult to keep track of. Sadly, he simply was not up to the task of healing the nation's wounds after assuming the presidency after Lincoln's assisgnation. Few could have stepped into Lincoln's shoes successfully. Johnson assumed wrongly political approaches that worked in Tennessee would work nationally. His refusal to compromise drove many moderates to the radical camp who became desparate to remove him from office. The radicals failed by one vote.
It is a thorough exploration of this complex and deeply flawed President who was probably way above his real 'Pay Grade'
but took every opportunity to come his way for advancement and was a tough political operator, given those who opposed him.
My main criticism is that it does not explore the relationships with those around him, particularly his cabinet, and particularly Seward and Stanton, who seem very odd bedfellows.
Perhaps gets a bit repetitive about his 'States Rights' position, but then l suppose so was Mr Johnson!
I am glad l read it and now know much more about the immediate Post Lincoln period. But it seems to lack the dimensions of a really insightful biography and placing him in the context of his peers. Left me wanting more.
Dr. Trefouse obviously dislikes Johnson, yet his biography is (mostly) balanced; he recognizes Johnson's tremendous gifts in advancing from obscure poverty to the highest offices and also his great courage, physical as well as moral, during the Civil War. The author, however, does not comprehend a few events of the era. For example, an antebellum speech by Andrew Johnson referring to the American society's
openness for individual advancement and drawing the allusion of a ladder, which any man may climb, caused a national uproar. The reason for the uproar (not evident to Dr. Trefouse) is that Johnson was a Freemason and the ladder analogy is Masonic - this, at a time, when the power of the Masons was a vital political issue. Another speech, given by Johnson in Congress, in response to comments made by a Southern opponent, quotes Shakespeare (Julius Caesar, Act 4, scene 3 - "Go show your slaves how choleric you are...") - Dr. Trefousse, who certainly had more formal education than Andrew Johnson, again does not appear to recognize the quotation. Finally, the author's claim that the term "weaker sex (or vessel)" is a characteristic of the nineteenth century, is incorrect (see I Peter 3:7).
One is reminded of a recent book on the subject of Lincoln's rhetoric, which compliments Mr. Lincoln on his invention of the "house divided" analogy. Neither the author, nor an eminent modern-day Lincoln scholar who reviewed the book, were aware that the phrase was used by Christ to refute those who said He was an agent of the Devil. Evidently our PhD's are not reading the New Testament.