Andrew Jackson by H.W. Brands
His Life and Times

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In this, the first major single-volume biography of Andrew Jackson in decades, H.W. Brands reshapes our understanding of this fascinating man, and of the Age of Democracy that he ushered in.

An orphan at a young age and without formal education or the family lineage of the Founding Fathers, Jackson showed that the Presidency was not the exclusive province of the wealthy and the well-born but could truly be held by a man of the people. On a majestic, sweeping scale Brands re-creates Jackson’s rise from his hardscrabble roots to his days as frontier lawyer, then on to his heroic victory in the Battle of New Orleans, and finally to the White House. Capturing Jackson’s outsized life and deep impact on American history, Brands also explores his controversial actions, from his unapologetic expansionism to the disgraceful Trail of Tears. This is a thrilling portrait, in full, of the president who defined American democracy.

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About H.W. Brands

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H. W. BRANDS is the Dickson Allen Anderson Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. A New York Times bestselling author, he was the finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography for The First American and again for Traitor to His Class. His website is

Author Residence: Austin, TX
Published October 10, 2006 by Anchor. 656 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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If Andrew Jackson can be president, anyone can!” Her compatriots disagreed, and Jackson handily won the popular vote against Adams in 1824, only to have the House of Representatives hand Adams the office.

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Sounding like a schoolteacher whiling away a snowy winter's day in his classroom by sharing a historic tale with his students, Montgomery reads Brands's life of the nation's seventh president with careful attention and understated smoothness.

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Book Reporter

The author makes liberal use of letters about life in the States in general, and General Jackson in particular, to emphasize his points without a perception of "lecturing."

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Bookmarks Magazine

While critics praised Brands for placing Jackson squarely within the context of the republic’s formative years, they faulted him for offering scant new material and focusing more on Old Hickory’s military career than his influential political one.

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Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) was our most unlikable president: touchy, belligerent, prejudiced, poorly educated.

Jun 12 2006 | Read Full Review of Andrew Jackson: His Life and ...

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