The Rise of Andrew Jackson
The story of Andrew Jackson's improbable ascent to the White House, centered on the handlers and propagandists who made it possibleAndrew Jackson was volatile and prone to violence, and well into his forties his sole claim on the public's affections derived from his victory in a thirty-minute battle at New Orleans in early 1815. Yet those in his immediate circle believed he was a great man who should be president of the United States. Jackson's election in 1828 is usually viewed as a result of the expansion of democracy. Historians David and Jeanne Heidler argue that he actually owed his victory to his closest supporters, who wrote hagiographies of him, founded newspapers to savage his enemies, and built a political network that was always on message. In transforming a difficult man into a paragon of republican virtue, the Jacksonites exploded the old order and created a mode of electioneering that has been mimicked ever since.

The Rise of Andrew Jackson Details

TitleThe Rise of Andrew Jackson
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ReleaseOct 23rd, 2018
PublisherBasic Books
ISBN-139780465097562
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GenreHistory, Biography, Politics, Nonfiction

The Rise of Andrew Jackson Review

  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    A very interesting history books filled with facts and well written.Showing what a well liked political figure and how he fought against the Indians. He is also featured on the $20.00 bill.I would recommend the book to history buffs and anyone interested in Andrew Jackson.Well written and would be an asset to a history class!
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  • Peter Orvetti
    January 1, 1970
    Heidler focuses here less on Andrew Jackson himself than on the idea of Andrew Jackson as shaped in the years between 1815 and 1828, and the variety of operatives and opportunists who crafted that idea for their own ends. Jackson's controversial career before emerging as a presidential contender is summarized well, as is important in showing how he became a media-forged "Hero" and what controversies he would encounter as a candidate. But this book is really centered on why Jackson emerged as a p Heidler focuses here less on Andrew Jackson himself than on the idea of Andrew Jackson as shaped in the years between 1815 and 1828, and the variety of operatives and opportunists who crafted that idea for their own ends. Jackson's controversial career before emerging as a presidential contender is summarized well, as is important in showing how he became a media-forged "Hero" and what controversies he would encounter as a candidate. But this book is really centered on why Jackson emerged as a presidential favorite despite a thin résumé, and why so many people of very different philosophies were able to convince themselves that Jackson -- who let on little about his actual positions even as a candidate -- was on their side.
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  • SouthernTodayGoneTomorrow
    January 1, 1970
    Written by  David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler, this novel takes a more unique writing angle compared to other Jackson biographies as this book looks at his life and actions through a number of third party view points. People whom I have never heard of, but who interacted with Jackson. This biography also take a few liberties, which I enjoyed and appreciated, of considering what those people thought of Jackson.An excellent book for anyone looking for a more in-depth book about Jackson and re Written by  David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler, this novel takes a more unique writing angle compared to other Jackson biographies as this book looks at his life and actions through a number of third party view points. People whom I have never heard of, but who interacted with Jackson. This biography also take a few liberties, which I enjoyed and appreciated, of considering what those people thought of Jackson.An excellent book for anyone looking for a more in-depth book about Jackson and really want to look at how he was perceived by others during his time and not just his actions.I received this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Beth Younge
    January 1, 1970
    I managed 75% of this before giving up but I read enough to be able to give my view on it. The way it was structured was done very well and I liked how they chronicled Jackson's life. I've read another autobiography on Andrew Jackson and this one was not as interesting that. The writing of this is drier and felt very difficult to get through. It took me two weeks to get through 300 pages and it felt like a struggle. There were passages that dragged and several chapters that flew by. It's a shame I managed 75% of this before giving up but I read enough to be able to give my view on it. The way it was structured was done very well and I liked how they chronicled Jackson's life. I've read another autobiography on Andrew Jackson and this one was not as interesting that. The writing of this is drier and felt very difficult to get through. It took me two weeks to get through 300 pages and it felt like a struggle. There were passages that dragged and several chapters that flew by. It's a shame i did not like it more but that was down to writing style.I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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