Saturday, December 20, 2008

Our Seventh President

Andrew Jackson, the country's seventh president, was a battle-hardened warrior, a significant yet dimly recalled president. In his new biography of Jackson, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, Jon Meacham tells the story of this contradictory man. Meacham, the editor of Newsweek magazine, draws on newly discovered family letters and papers to help shape this inside story. Doris Kearns Goodwin, a masterful biographer herself, has this to say about American Lion: "A master storyteller, Meacham interweaves the lives of Jackson and the members of his inner circle to create a highly original book." At this time of significant change and challenge in this country, this book provides tremendous insight into a different tumultuous time and can provide guidance for our times. You'll never again look at the face on a $20 bill again the same way!

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