The Rise of Andrew Jackson: Myth, Manipulation, and the Making of Modern Politics

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The Presidency of Andrew Jackson is one of the most interesting times of pre-Civil War America. The Founding Fathers were either retired or dead, it was a new generation taking over; one that was not part of the process of the original founders. So in a way, it’s how a new generation defines what it means to be American. In many circles, even back then, Andrew Jackson was viewed as a populist. Sadly there are other books that cover this time period better than this one. This book is not a biography in the eyes of the author, though it really feels like one and one that feels incomplete as well, nor is it really a general history of the times that Andrew Jackson lived in as well, mostly because it feels so much like a biography. The authors make a heavy point that Andrew Jackson was manipulated by others in becoming President. That is something that does not hold a lot of weight and is frankly distracting to the point that it seems like he never had an idea of his own while in office.

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Author David S. Heidler • Jeanne T. Heidler
Star Count 2/5
Format Hard
Page Count 448 pages
Publisher Basic Books
Publish Date 2018-Oct-23
ISBN 9780465097562
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Issue February 2019
Category History


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