The definitive biography of a larger-than-life president who defied norms, divided a nation, and
changed Washington forever.
American Lion: First of all, Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at
the heart of this remarkable book. A book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency.
In addition, beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way
to thepinnacle 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,. An era in which the people,
not distant elites, were the guiding force in American politics.
Furthermore, 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.
Also, 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.
He articulated 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, all have found inspiration in his example, and virtue in his vision.
Finally, 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.
In conclusion, 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.
About the Author – Jon Meacham
Jon Ellis Meacham was born May 20, 1969.
In addition, he is executive editor and executive vice president at Random House.
Jon is a former editor-in-chief of Newsweek, a contributing editor to Time magazine, editor-at-large of WNET.
Also a commentator on politics, history, and religious faith in America.
Furthermore, he won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography for American Lion: Andrew Jackson
in the White House.
In conclusion, Meacham also wrote Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (2012), which appeared on many publications’ year-end lists of the best nonfiction.