Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson
David S. Reynolds, HarperCollins, 2008, 466 pages,
ISBN - 978-9-06-082656-7 Political chaos, religious cults, debates on the issue of slavery, slaughter of Native American Indians are just a few of the exciting characteristics that marks the Jacksonian time period, making it unique to any other historical time period in American history. Many books have been written analyzing this time period and “Waking Giant; America in the Age of Jackson,” written by David S. Reynolds, recaptures the lively American spirit felt during this era. Reynolds argues “the years from 1815 through 1848 were arguably the richest in American life, if we view the whole picture of society, politics, and culture.” To defend his view, Reynolds provides an overview considering all of these aspects of the American society. A reader looking to gain insight on society and culture of this era would find this book a great addition to their library. Reynolds shows how these years are rich in culture and society, providing the connections between politics, culture, society, and the arts that made the years the richest in American history. Reynolds is a professor of English and American studies at the Graduate Center in the City University of New York. While studying at the collegiate and graduate level, he majored in English and his major works include the literary works of major authors during the nineteenth century. A number of Reynolds works have been rewarded with distinguished awards from a variety of prestigious academic communities. The various awards include the Ambassador Book Award, Bancroft Prize, Christian Guess Award from the Phi Beta Kappa Society and he was a finalist for the National Books Critics Circle Award. Reynolds has been a successful writer, which can assure the reader great faith upon reading “Walking Giant” that it, would not be a disappointment. “Waking Giant” discusses all of the necessary aspects of American



Cited: Reynolds, David S., Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson (New York, NY: Harper Collins, 2008), Wink, Jay. “Young America 's Wild Side,” New York Times, October 24, 2008, accessed May 26, 2010, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/26/books/review/Winik-t.html.

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