American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

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American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House

Format:  Paperback,

483 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Apr 2009

ISBN-13: 9780812973464

ISBN-10: 0812973461

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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.
Jon Meacham in "American Lion" has delivered the definitive human portrait of a pivotal president who forever changed the American presidency-and America itself.

"From the Hardcover edition."


Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Apr 2009
ISBN-13: 9780812973464
ISBN-10: 0812973461
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 483
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.0
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.08 x 1.42 x 9.22

About the author

Biography of Meacham, Jon

Jon Meacham was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on May 20, 1969. He received a degree in English literature at the University of the South. He joined Newsweek as a writer in 1995. Three years later, at the age of 29, he was promoted to managing editor, supervising coverage of politics, international affairs, and breaking news. In 2006, he was promoted to editor at Newsweek. He is currently an executive editor at Random House.

He won the Pulitzer Prize for American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House in 2009. His other works include Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship, American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation, and Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power. In 2001, he edited Voices in Our Blood: America's Best on the Civil Rights Movement.

Chapter outline

A Note on the Text
Principal Characters
Prologue: With the Feelings of a Father The White House, Washington, Winter 1832-33
The Love of Country, Fame and Honor Beginnings to Late 1830
Andy Will Fight His Way in the World
Follow Me and I'll Save You Yet
A Marriage, a Defeat, and a Victory
You Know Best, My Dear
Ladies' Wars Are Always Fierce and Hot
A Busybody Presbyterian Clergyman
My White and Red Children
Major Eaton Has Spoken of Resigning
An Opinion of the President Alone
Liberty and Union, Now and Forever
General Jackson Rules by His Personal Popularity
I Will Die With The Union Late 1830 to 1834
I Have Been Left to Sup Alone
A Mean and Scurvy Piece of Business
Now Let Him Enforce It
The Fury of a Chained Panther
Hurra for the Hickory Tree!
A Dreadful Crisis of Excitement and Violence
The Mad Project of Disunion
We Are Threatened to Have Our Throats Cut
Great Is the Stake Placed in Our Hands
My Mind Is Made Up
He Appeared to Feel as a Father
The People, Sir, Are with Me
We Are in the Midst of a Revolution
The Evening of His Days 1834 to the End
So You Want War
A Dark, Lawless, and Insatiable Ambition!
There Is a Rank Due to the United States Among Nations
The Wretched Victim of a Dreadful Delusion
How Would You Like to Be a Slave?
The Strife About the Next Presidency
Not One Would Have Ever Got Out Alive
I Fear Emily Will Not Recover
The President Will Go Out Triumphantly
The Shock Is Great, and Grief Universal
Epilogue: He Still Lives
Author's Note and Acknowledgments
Illustration Credits


Review by Library Journal (2009-03-15)

Newsweek editor Meacham (Franklin and Winston) presents in this elegantly written and fascinating biography the life story of the President credited with the first major expansion of executive power. It is a work made all the more compelling by Richard McGonagle's ( strong narration. Recommended for all general collections.

[Audio clip available through son; the Random Ac, published in November 2008, was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.] - R. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA

(c). Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • New York Times Notable Books of the Year, 2008 (United States)
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prizes, 2008 (United States)
  • Pulitzer Prize, 2009 (United States)

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