American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham

By Jon Meacham

Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of pals, and his tumultuous occasions are on the middle of this outstanding publication concerning the guy who rose from not anything to create the trendy presidency. liked and hated, honored and reviled, Andrew Jackson was once an orphan who fought his solution to the top of strength, bending the kingdom to his will within the reason behind democracy. Jackson’s election in 1828 ushered in a brand new and lasting period within which the folks, no longer far away elites, have been the guiding strength in American politics. Democracy made its stand within the Jackson years, and he gave voice to the hopes and the fears of a stressed, altering country dealing with not easy occasions at domestic and threats out of the country. to inform the saga of Jackson’s presidency, acclaimed writer Jon Meacham is going contained in the Jackson White apartment. Drawing on newly found relations letters and papers, he information the human drama–the kin, the ladies, and the internal circle of advisers–that formed Jackson’s inner most global via years of typhoon and victory.

One of our most vital but dimly recalled presidents, Jackson used to be a battle-hardened warrior, the founding father of the Democratic get together, and the architect of the presidency as we all know it. His tale is certainly one of violence, intercourse, braveness, and tragedy. along with his strong personality, his obtrusive bravery, and his mystical connection to the folk, Jackson moved the White residence from the outer edge of presidency to the heart of nationwide motion, articulating a imaginative and prescient of swap that challenged entrenched pursuits to heed the preferred will–or face his ambitious wrath. the best of the presidents who've Jackson within the White House–from Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt to FDR to Truman–have came across concept in his instance, and advantage in his vision.

Jackson was once the main contradictory of guys. The architect of the elimination of Indians from their local lands, he used to be warmly sentimental and risked every little thing to provide extra strength to dull voters. He used to be, in brief, much like his state: alternately sort and harsh, superb and blind; and a guy who fought a lifelong conflict to maintain the republic safe–no topic what it took.

Jon Meacham in American Lion has introduced the definitive human portrait of a pivotal president who perpetually replaced the yankee presidency–and the US itself.

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His religious faith was a form of Christianity which had passed through the rationalism of the French Enlightenment. His sense of providence was expressed in his belief in the power of "nature's God" over the vicissitudes of history. In any event, nature's God had a very special purpose in founding this new community. The purpose was to make a new beginning in a corrupt world. Two facts about 25 THE IRONY OF AMERICAN HISTORY America impressed the Jeffersonians. The one was that we had broken with tyranny.

Our European critics may, however, overshoot the mark if they insist that the slogan of making "the world safe for democracy" was merely an expression of that moral cant which we seemed to have inherited from the British, only to express it with less subtlety than they. For the fact is that every nation is caught in the moral paradox of refusing to go to war unless it can be proved that the national interest is imperiled, and of continuing in the war only by proving that something much more than national interest is at stake.

Thus the conflict between communism and the bourgeois world achieves a special virulence between the two great hegemonous nations of the respective alliances, because America is, in the eyes of communism, an exemplar of the worst form of capitalistic injustice, while it is, in its own eyes, a symbol of pure innocence and justice. This ironic situation is heightened by the fact that every free nation in alliance with us is more disposed to bring economic life under political control than our traditional theory allows.

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