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Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H. W. Brands
Andrew Jackson, the 7th President, was one of the most famous Americans of his era, but largely forgotten today. H. W. Brands uses his literary and historian skills to bring Jackson back to life, from his beginnings in poverty, to fighting the British in the Carolinas, a lawyer and Congressman from Tennessee, to a militia general who savagely fought the Indians in the South, to the Battle of New Orleans, and his ascension to the Presidency. He was the first President who rose from the ranks of common man and his tenacity was legendary. He was an American hero dedicated to ensuring democracy was genuine and available to all his countrymen. H. W. Brands biography has received positive reviews with the Washington Post saying, "From the start of the story, he writes in the hagiographic voice that biographies of great Americans used to be written in. And frankly, it's a great story, from Jackson's poverty and early scrapes with mortality to his violent encounters with British soldiers when he was a mere stripling to his impressive rise as a Tennessee politician, soldier and statesman."