Jackson: The Iron-Willed Commander
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Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.44 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: The Generals
Orphan. Frontiersman. President. The rise of Andrew Jackson to the highest office in America has become a legend of leadership, perseverance, and ambition. Central to Jackson's historic climb?long before the White Housewas his military service. Scarred permanently as a child by the sword of a British soldier, Jackson grew into an unwavering leader, a general whose charisma and sheer force of personality called to mind those of George Washington a generation earlier.
As commander of the Tennessee militia in the War of 1812, Jackson became "Old Hickory," the indomitable spearhead in a series of bloody conflicts with Creek Indians on the southwest frontier. Slight of frame with silver hair that seemed to stand on command, Jackson once stood down a mutinous brigade as an army of one. Then came New Orleans. Author Paul Vickery chronicles Jackson's defining battle and the decisions a single, impassioned commander made to ensure a growing nation could, once and for all, be free of British might. The hero of New Orleans infused America, for the first time, with a sense of nationalism.
Jackson was decisive and unforgiving, a commander firmly in his element. In his own words, "One man with courage makes a majority." The lessons of one extraordinary general endure.
Stephen Mansfield is the New York Times best-selling author of Lincoln's Battle with God, The Faith of Barack Obama, and Benedict XVI, Searching for God and Guinness, and Never Give In: The Extraordinary Character of Winston Churchill. Stephen lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Beverly
RunnerChicago, ILAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Great History LessonSeptember 13, 2012RunnerChicago, ILAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Paul Vickery was thorough in the biography. He began Andrew Jackon's early childhood through his presidency. Jackson was a self-made man with a tough demeanor. His childhood had an impact on who he became. He was a fighter. He would listen to the advice of other but ultimately called the shots. He was an encouragement and a great leader to his troops. Andrew Jackson had many heartaches in life, but had just as many great accomplishments. I highly recommend this book to learn about the history of our nation and of a general and president who formed our nation's history. A very educational book on the life of the United States of America's seventh president. Jackson is in the series of books called "The Generals" which features biographies of American generals
WagaboodlesMinneapolis, MNAge: 35-44Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5A Report on Jackson's LifeSeptember 10, 2012WagaboodlesMinneapolis, MNAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3Jackson is a biography in Stephen Mansfield's series of books on "The Generals." Author Paul Vickery looks at the life of the man who would become the seventh President of the United States of America. He was the first president not to come from Massachusetts or Virginia, and the first to really be a "common man."
The biography chronicles he life from growing up as an orphan to becoming president, but it focuses mainly on his military career. Jackson was a man of determination, unwilling to bend his principles. He was strong-willed and relentless, but respected by those under him.
I enjoyed learning about a president I knew little about. I was disappointed that his faith was almost a foot-note in the last chapter and hoped to learn more about what shaped him as a leader. The author acknowledges the controversy surrounding Jackson and his policies toward Native Americans, but seems almost apologetic at times.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
VeraNorth CarolinaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5From poor orphan to the White HouseJuly 9, 2012VeraNorth CarolinaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Life for the young Andrew Jackson was not easy. Life was hard for most people during this time period, but especially for poor Irish immigrants carving out a place in a new world. Andrew Jackson lost both father and mother and was orphaned early. By the age of 13 he was with the military.
He was impulsive and quick to exercise the common means of setting disputes for his time - dueling. Chronically ill and slight of frame throughout his life, he endured various illnesses, wound, deprivations, and hardships as he forged ahead in his quest to succeed. His goal - the settlement of America. With a high sense of nationalism and impassioned as a commander of the military, he was a strong leader in the growing nation and its struggle to expand its borders. He commanded the Tennessee militia in the War of 1812, led the struggle of the young nation in the bloody Creek Indian conflict, and other battles in the areas now known as Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama.
Jackson was known to friend and foe by two names - "Old Hickory" and "Long Knife." He earned them by his determined hard leadership and his ability to strike with force the enemy.
The Indians, the French, the Spanish, and the British were all opponents in Andrew Jackson's journey to grow a great nation. As an Indian fighter, Long Knife (Jackson) was unequaled and greatly respected and feared. As a general, his strong decisions, courage, and firm leadership moved the army forward to victory and Jackson closer to the White House.
His wife of many years was the beloved Rachel whom he loved until the day he died. She was in an abusive marriage when Andrew Jackson began to love her. Though Andrew Jackson and Rachel married after her divorce, there was no scandal involving Jackson.
In 1828, Andrew Jackson became the seventh President of the United States of America.
Paul Vickey has written a short, yet thorough biography revealing much about the boy, the man, the politician, the general, and the President that was Andrew Jackson. The book is a good read, and I highly recommend it to anyone who loves history and to school libraries. I gleaned bits of historical information from this read hitherto unknown to me. Were they in my history texts while in school? I don't know. However, I found it quite informative.
"One Man with courage makes a majority." --Andrew Jackson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publication Date: July 17, 2012
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of Jackson: The Iron-Willed Commander by BookSneeze on behalf of the publisher Thomas Nelson and author in exchange or my honest review.
cathyKansasAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Jackson the Iron-willed Commander by Paul VickeryJuly 5, 2012cathyKansasAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Jackson the Iron-willed Commander by Paul Vickery is a book from the General's series. It tells a quick short overview of Andrew Jackson's service to this country starting with his birth to poor immagrant Appalachian farmers from Northern Ireland. He lost his father before he was born and his mother and siblings by the age of 15. He was already a soldier for this country and had been since the age of 13. This book centers on his amazing rise through the military ranks and his political rise to the presidency of the United States and ends with his death at his home, the Hermatage.
I enjoy reading history and so I enjoyed reading of the life of Andrew Jackson. Whether one agrees with his politics now or not one must admire a man who lived his life working hard for his beliefs and his country. This story tells both the good and the bad regarding President Jackson's life. I enjoyed that though his man lived so many years ago there has never been anything brought to light regarding marital indiscretions. He loved his Rachel until the day he died. His Christian beliefs never left him though he may have not done things as we would in modern society today.
I recommend reading this book to all who enjoy reading the history of our country especially military history.