Tuesday, July 24, 2012


"Jackson : The Iron Willed Commander" by Paul Vickery is another installment in The Generals series of books. The book profiles Andrew Jackson, from early childhood through his presidency and ensuing legacy. What I love about this series of books is the focus on the early lives of these great men in our history. Nearly everyone knows some of Andrew Jackson's most important career achievements, including that he was the 7th President of the United States. But the human element of some of the facts about his earlier years are absolutely fascinating. For example, as a young man Jackson fought cocks, drank alcohol, and gambled! Who would have thought that such an upstanding man would have had such a rowdy spirit in his earlier years! I also found it very interesting that he married a woman who was divorced, believing that the divorce had been finalized, only to discover two years after he married her, that the divorce had not been finalized. I thought this book was well written, and I really enjoyed how all of the little details about Jackson's life come together to give a surprising and interesting picture of the man that is counted among the greatest Generals in our nation's history. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in history or Presidential history.

FTC DISCLOSURE: I received this book for free from BookSneeze.com's Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review. I was not obligated to write a positive review.

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