The Passions of Andrew Jackson

By Andrew Burstein
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375714047, 320pp.)

Publication Date: April 13, 2004

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Most people vaguely imagine Andrew Jackson as a jaunty warrior and a man of the people, but he was much more—a man just as complex and controversial as Jefferson or Lincoln. Now, with the first major reinterpretation of his life in a generation, historian Andrew Burstein brings back Jackson with all his audacity and hot-tempered rhetoric.

The unabashedly aggressive Jackson came of age in the Carolinas during the American Revolution, migrating to Tennessee after he was orphaned at the age of fourteen. Little more than a poorly educated frontier bully when he first opened his public career, he was possessed of a controlling sense of honor that would lead him into more than one duel. As a lover, he fled to Spanish Mississippi with his wife-to-be before she was divorced. Yet when he was declared a national hero upon his stunning victory at the Battle of New Orleans, Jackson suddenly found the presidency within his grasp. How this brash frontiersman took Washington by storm makes a fascinating story, and Burstein tells it thoughtfully and expertly. In the process he reveals why Jackson was so fiercely loved (and fiercely hated) by the American people, and how his presidency came to shape the young country’s character.




About the Author
Andrew Burstein is the Charles P. Manship Professor of History at Louisiana State University, and the author of "The Passions of Andrew Jackson, Jefferson's Secrets", and "Madison and Jefferson", among others. Burstein's writing has appeared in "The New York Times", "The" "Washington Post", "The" "Nation", and Salon.com, and he advised Ken Burns' production "Thomas Jefferson." He has been featured on C-SPAN's "American Presidents Series and Booknotes, " as well as numerous NPR programs, including "Talk of the Nation" and "The Diane Rehm Show". He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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