Critical Book Review
Robert Remini’s Andrew Jackson
Robert Remini’s biography of Andrew Jackson is a book with only 225 pages, probably the shortest biography on Jackson written. This book is a great book for high school or college level students. When reading this book you may come to the conclusion that Remini is a fan of Jackson, he summaries Jackson’s life from childhood to his death, greatly focusing on his achievements and talking briefly about his failures.
Remini used quite a bit of resources in researching Jackson’s life. He states in his book that his references come from the following. Columbia University Library, Library of congress, Harvard University Library, Massachusetts Historical Society, Pierpont Morgan Library, New York City, New York Public Library, New York State Library, Albany, Princeton University Library, and Tennessee State Library, Nashville. You can find this work cited page in the back of the book under notes.
Remini covers Jackson’s life in all of 10 chapters. The book discusses issues from the controversy of where he was born to how he was captured by British and later released, to when he is appointed to the U.S congress and Senate. Remini talks about how Jackson leads the Florida expedition, his quest of becoming president, his wife Rachel dying and how he defeats the British at the Battle of New Orleans. Also you will read on how Jackson took down the Second Bank of the United States, Ends the national Debt, and escapes an assignation attempt and his death.
Robert Remini wrote this book, he is a Professor of Hickory and Research Professor of Humanities Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of many books, including a definitive three-volume Andrew Jackson biography for which he won the National Book Award. Some can say that Remini is a bit obsessed with Jackson’s life. He sees Jackson as a hero and that is why when reading this book you can see how bias he is with all of his...
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