American Lion: A Biography of President Andrew Jackson

American Lion: A Biography of President Andrew Jackson

Jon Meacham Richard McGondale / Feb 29, 2020

American Lion A Biography of President Andrew Jackson 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

  • Title: American Lion: A Biography of President Andrew Jackson
  • Author: Jon Meacham Richard McGondale
  • ISBN: 9780739334584
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Audio CD
  • 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 electionAndrew 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 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.

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        Jon Meacham is the editor of Newsweek, a Pulitzer Prize winning bestselling author and a commentator on politics, history, and religious faith in America.


    1. I think this book confused people. They were expecting a McCullough-esque hardcore biography of everything Jackson did EVER. Not so. As Meacham himself states in his Author's note, he was going for a biographical portrait of Jackson's time in the White House. And on that account, this is an excellent book. It gives a great picture of the tumult surrounding Jackson's two terms, the things that made him tick, and the decisions that defined his presidency. No, it didn't really tell us all about And [...]

    2. A terrible book about a horrible man written by a coward. I know that sounds harsh but there's no other way to describe it. The book claims to be only about his years in the White House. It isn't. Frequently, Meacham cherry picks and subsequently white washes Jackson's past sins in an effort to show him as a complicated hero.Jackson wasn't complicated. He was maybe one of the simplest presidents America ever had. Here are some simple facts:1) His greatest military victory was the Battle of New O [...]

    3. Um, did you know Andrew Jackson was a huge badass? He was also sort of a jerk. And he invented the Democratic party basically. Plus he was not very cool to the Native Americans.

    4. Jackson usually is praised for his vision of the presidency and commitment to the Federal Union, while simultaneously lamented for his demagoguery and racism. Meacham takes these subjects on without reservation. In Meacham's account, Jackson is at his very best while staring down the threat to the union posed by the Nullification Movement which arose in South Carolina and was championed by John C. Calhoun, Jackson's vice president. (Times were different.) He is at his worst when orchestrating th [...]

    5. Given current events, this book is timely to read. Jackson did some terrible things, most particularly the treatment of Native Americans. But he also kept the Union together in the face of huge dissent. Of course, that only delayed the Civil War and kept another generation in chains.The big takeaway is that no matter his faults, his primary concern was for the country and the people. If only modern politicians would do so, rather than focusing on their own enrichment and egos.

    6. When you try and tackle a subject as complicated as Andrew Jackson, and limit a book to just his presidency, it's just impossible to properly portray the man in the White House. So for those who have never read Marquis James or Robert Remini's multi-volume depiction of Jackson, the first 180 pages of this book read like a season story arch of a prime time soap opera. The "Eaton Affair" was a very central topic of Jackson's first term of presidency, but to understand why it was such a central foc [...]

    7. "History has been ransacked to find examples of tyrants sufficiently odious to illustrate him by comparison. Language has been tortured to find epithets sufficiently strong to paint him in description. Imagination has been exhausted in her efforts to deck him with revolting and inhuman attributes. tyrant, despot, usurper; destroyer of the liberties of his country; rash ignorant, imbecile; endangering the public peace with all foreign nations; destroying domestic prosperity at home"While some of [...]

    8. While a terrifically thorough listing of the era's political issues and the personalities clashing over them, the examination left much to be desired. The substance falls victim to a regular temptation among American authors writing American history. Meacham's approach only acknowledges in passing the character flaws of his subject while amplifying the qualities and deeds that would make Jackson a hero to many. For instance, Jackson's unrepentant slave-ownership and his role in devastating gener [...]

    9. I am on a quest to read at least one book about each of the 45 presidents. (Yes, even Trump).I learned alot about Jackson as I read this.Rather than enumerate what I learned, please read this book to find out for yourself.This book primarily covers the years of Jackson's presidency 1829 - 1837.I was happy to learn about the more personal aspects of Jackson's life.Some of what happened during his presidency was not quite so engaging. (Good, but just a litany of facts of what happened).Suffice it [...]

    10. In a further exploration of the lives of those who helped shape early America, I turned back to biographer Jon Meacham and his depiction of Andrew Jackson. I thoroughly enjoying the author's depiction of Thomas Jefferson in a similar piece and hoped to leave with as much knowledge of this lesser known figure. The seventh President of the United States, Jackson broke many early precedents and his two-terms in office opened the door to a new era in presidential politics, bringing the commoner's vi [...]

    11. OK here's the bottom line: I listened to this book in the audible format and it was dull enough on occasion that I dozed off. Not too often and not too long but it did happen!I decided to read this book now in an effort to understand Mr. Trump's apparent admiration for Andrew Jackson. Other reviews are mixed.Jackson was yet another president who owned slaves. And he was yet another president who pushed the Native Americans aggressively out of their home territory. I finished the book not knowin [...]

    12. Not an antithesis to the "Jackson is genocidal war criminal!" narrative, but a rather balanced approach to the guy, focusing mainly on his terms of office and placing him in the context of his time. I thought Meacham did an excellent job of presenting Jackson in a balanced way, both vices and virtues.What amazed me the most was that I had heard about "The Petticoat Affair," but - as Meacham described its evolution and progression - it was really the most encompassing, polarizing and lolzy politi [...]

    13. STATEMENT: I received a free copy of this book thru the GoodReads site to review. Well, Mr Meacham has done an excellent job researching Andrew Jackson as well as the culture and history surrounding his time in the White House. I cannot fault him in his research and his book did impress upon me the amount of knowledge that he has acquired on the subject.However, I was not a fan of the book. I had to force myself to persevere thru its reading. I found it dull, but more importantly, I felt that he [...]

    14. This is how a presidential biography should be written! Rather than an overly long, tedious account of boring minutiae, just tell the reader the critical events that made the president into the type of leader they became. All I ever really knew about Pres. Jackson was his involvement in the Battle of New Orleans and that he was known as "Old Hickory." This bio helps you come to know what made Andrew Jackson tick and his unique temperament that sometimes helped his ambition yet caused him grief a [...]

    15. I was excited to read this book, so it was especially disappointing to discover how poorly written it is. I only got through about 75 pages before giving up. The narration bounces around in time, skips over areas I think are important and goes into too much detail about other things. I know the book is supposed to focus on his presidency but I need to know more about him as a person to appreciate that and this just wasn't doing it for me. Bah.

    16. John Meachham's book American Lion covers the years when Andrew Jackson was the President of the United States. In some ways it tries to mimic the traditional biography with a few chapters into his background. This sort of reminds me of the last book I read on John Quincy Adams' post-presidency. Include a small mini-biography in the beginning before getting into the substance of your book. In that view the earlier chapters are a waste of space. Meacham could have just explained Jackson's back-st [...]

    17. I am at odds as to how to rate this book. Andrew Jackson is a President who doesn't get a lot of attention in the overall scheme of things. Most people remember him from the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812 but don't seem to know much about his Presidencyd a lot was happening during his eight years as the seventh POTUS.The book concentrates solely on his years in the White House with limited information about his background and what shaped his personality and ideas. The author made it cl [...]

    18. Okay……soooooo, it won a Pulitzer Prize. While one shouldn't get overwrought about a particular award that a given book may receive, but I’ve been reading lots of history lately and I’ve found that as a rule, books awarded a Pulitzer are awarded them for a reason. When I decided that it was about time that I filled in the gaps in my knowledge of antebellum American history in general and the Jacksonian era, in particular, I was tickled to find the Pulitzer Prize winning “American Lion [...]

    19. Here's my history with this book:- I "acquired" it (I'm pretty sure it was a gift from my mother in law [thanks Mary!], but it's been so long now that I honestly don't remember for sure. So I apologize if it was your gift. At least I'm getting a lot out of it, what with me "reading" it for years now) oh, maybe 6 or 7 years ago.- Started it, and never made it past the first 50 or so pages before stalling (I love history, but I really have to be in the right mood for it. And let's face it - even t [...]

    20. This book is specifically more about Jackson's personal relationships during his tenure in the White House as opposed to a political biography. As such, it paints a much rosier picture of the man than is usually put to canvas. A lot of time is spent on the Donelsons and the Eatons, and detailing Jackson's love of family. It's interesting to see how such a seemingly kind man, when dealing with those that he loved, could have been so cruel and vicious to so many others.

    21. American Lion by Jon Meacham shows the amazing nuances which accompanies any sincere look at history. Andrew Jackson was a controversial figure during his time as president and remains to be so today. His presence on the twenty-dollar bill is a subject of no small debate in some circles. I must admit I was unaware as to why someone like himself would find such an honored place in our history until I read American Lion. The book doesn't glorify the man but respects the contributions he made, as w [...]

    22. I can't say I remember enough about Andrew Jackson from my schooling (vague recollections of having read "Age of Jackson" in prep school) to know how fair is this portrayal. Jon Meacham clearly admires Jackson and has written a positive accounting of his presidency. I'd put this biography in the category of McCullough's "John Adams," Isaacson's "Benjamin Franklin" and "Einstein," and Goodwin's "Team of Rivals." But as all good books do, Meacham has made me curious to read and know more about Jac [...]

    23. In American Lion, Meacham explores how Jackson used his presidency to expand executive power. He uses the way Jackson responded to pivotal issues throughout his presidency to illustrate his points. Among the issues discussed are The nullification crisis, The war against the second bank, Indian removal, internal improvements, and The petticoat war. Also, the importance in which Jackson held his family is discussed more than I've ever seen in any other biography. This is a great one volume biograp [...]

    24. An interesting slice of American history, one that most people only briefly studied. In fact, Jackson’s presidency (seventh president, 1829-1837) lays the groundwork for the American Civil War. More than just slavery, the issues involving federalism and states rights led to a split in thinking between a lot of interesting characters during this time: John Quincy Adams, John C. Calhoun, Henry Clay, John Marshall, Martin Van Buren (eighth president), and Daniel Webster. Yes, Meacham can write (a [...]

    25. A good book, but not what I expected. AJ is a fantastic, bigger than life and seriously flawed leader who transformed the American presidency. The book seriously dragged on the middle, and I think bc he went on and on about the Donaldsons and Eatons in the Petticoat wars and other experiences. Although it had some influence in his life, it wasn't an aspect of his life I was interested in. I was more interested in events that went on during that time, not just the people around him that had less [...]

    26. Andrew Jackson is a difficult biographical subject; he lived during a difficult time and dealt with difficult issues in a difficult manner. Things were never easy with Jackson. He viewed life as a struggle and lived virtually every day of his life that way. And if one looks at the major issues facing America from the Revolutionary to the Civil War, Jackson was seemingly directly or indirectly involved in all of them, so framing his life is not a simple task. Meacham has provided us with a very f [...]

    27. Focuses just one Jacksons presidency and the family he surrounded himself with and the major crises of his presidency. Quite a different individual than those before him.

    28. I really liked this book. It gave me a lot of insight into our seventh president. I would recommend this book.

    29. I decided to read this because of the inevitable Jackson comparisons to our current president, whose supporters are so desperate for legitimacy and so ignorant of history that they clamor for a comparator president, even if that comparator president is often described as brutish, unhinged, racist, and genocidal. Meacham doesn't paper over or apologize for Jackson's most execrable qualities--namely his tolerance for slavery and his unapologetic and genocidal attitude toward Native Americans--but [...]

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