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

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

I have been looking forward to reading this for quite some time now and, for the most part, I am glad that I picked it up. Jon Meacheam’s “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House” is a thick and thorough read. The first part of the book immediately pulled me in and I loved reading about the badassedness that was Andrew Jackson in his early years. Between his duels and his battles, he was a true swashbuckler at heart and truly, what the title implicates, an American lion. The book starts to drag on, in my honest opinion, when you get to his tenure in the White House, which is practically 80% of the book. It wasn’t bad by any means and every page was a wealth of information albeit a bit overwhelming and some of the personal details were too detailed and unnecessary for someone more interested in the politics of his presidency, as opposed to focusing on family strife and sour relationships. It at times read like a 19th Century TMZ article. If you are into knowing about Jackson’s personal life in full detail, than this is the perfect book for you. If anything, it is great source material for a biopic, which if there were one, I’d be the first in line to see it.

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