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Jackson: The Iron-Willed Commander (The Generals) (edició 2012)

de Dr. Paul Vickery (Autor)

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"Jackson was the first president who was neither a member of the economic or social elite, nor from the Eastern Seaboard states of Massachusetts or Virginia. Born poor and orphaned at fifteen, Andrew Jackson was a self-made man -- one who represented the South and the Western Frontier and its expansionist interests. He was elected largely by voters who were not previously a part of the political process. He was also the first and only president who carried in his body two bullets; one near his heart from a duel, and one in his shoulder from a shootout. He was indeed a change from the past. Jackson was the personification of the average citizen, the one who worked for a living, unafraid to get his hands dirty, and a symbol of the 'majesty' of the common man. As a general, he had required more of his men than any other general had before. He executed some and threatened to shoot others, but they loved him and fought and died for him. He reveled in his successes -- yet always praised and credited his soldiers with the victories. His military greatness lies not so much in his being a brilliant tactician, but in being a natural-born leader able to make decisions, usually successful, on the spot, and to do his duty as he saw it. With seemingly no credentials other than a contentious iron will, a desire to improve his situation in life, and a belief in the power and greatness of the American citizen, he rose to become president of the United States. The leadership qualities developed by Jackson as he rose in station by hard work, a firm belief in his own abilities, sheer force of will, help from others, and perhaps a bit of luck, propelled him from an obscure rural village to the epitome of public office, and ushered in what one author labeled 'The Age of Jackson,' and fundamentally changed the paradigm of how Americans selected their leaders"--Provided by publisher.… (més)
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Títol:Jackson: The Iron-Willed Commander (The Generals)
Autors:Dr. Paul Vickery (Autor)
Informació:Thomas Nelson (2012), 256 pages
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Excellent overview of Jackson's life and the War of 1812. I did feel taht the author gave ever so brief a hint of Jackson's spiritual life in the last chapter. I wished he would have instead revealed a tapastry of his spiritual journey that lead him to join the Presbyterian Church late in life. ( )
  david__clifford | Feb 3, 2016 |
Dr. Vickery's prologue of his biography of Andrew Jackson, Jackson The Iron Willed Commander, begins with a description of the day of Jackson's inauguration as the seventh President of the United States. On March 4, 1829 history was made. Jackson was a southerner from humble beginnings . His achievements and accomplishments are legendary. And so, on this date a man of the people took office and thousands came to celebrate the occasion. Dr. Vickery work puts forth the history of Jackson's life based on information from a variety of sources.

"The early life of Andrew Jackson was marked by sorrow, hardship and poverty". His father died before he was born. He was raised by his mother and she saw to his education. However, he was not a stellar student . He was not known for being well read and his spelling was creative- to say the least. What he lacked in these areas he more than made up for in others. He understood people and was assertive. He was passionate and he was well known for his swearing. He was thirteen years old when he became a messenger for Major William Davie during American Revolution. By the time he was fifteen he had already been taken prisoner, survived smallpox, became an orphan and lost his brothers. These tragedies are in part the foundation that he used to build and develop his strengths which included tolerating pain and dealing with grief. He taught himself to overcome adversity . He believed sacrifice was necessary in the quest for freedom and he would require it of those who served under him as well as of himself. His military career included fighting in the War of 1812 where he fought the Creek Indians as well as his amazing prowess in New Orleans against the British. Loyalty to his troops and his motivational skills added to his many other leadership qualities. His troops loved him. Even though he had practiced law and served as a judge, it was his military career that defined him. Just as important as his love of freedom and country was his love of his wife , Rachel. He remained protective and devoted to her for her entire life.

Dr. Vickery has successfully written an excellent biography of Andrew Jackson. I found it to be objective and easy to read. Andrew Jackson's story is both motivational and inspiring. He is perhaps one of the most fascinating United State's Presidents. I highly recommend reading this book. There is a great deal to learn from doing so.

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  SAMANTHA100 | Jul 15, 2012 |
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"Jackson was the first president who was neither a member of the economic or social elite, nor from the Eastern Seaboard states of Massachusetts or Virginia. Born poor and orphaned at fifteen, Andrew Jackson was a self-made man -- one who represented the South and the Western Frontier and its expansionist interests. He was elected largely by voters who were not previously a part of the political process. He was also the first and only president who carried in his body two bullets; one near his heart from a duel, and one in his shoulder from a shootout. He was indeed a change from the past. Jackson was the personification of the average citizen, the one who worked for a living, unafraid to get his hands dirty, and a symbol of the 'majesty' of the common man. As a general, he had required more of his men than any other general had before. He executed some and threatened to shoot others, but they loved him and fought and died for him. He reveled in his successes -- yet always praised and credited his soldiers with the victories. His military greatness lies not so much in his being a brilliant tactician, but in being a natural-born leader able to make decisions, usually successful, on the spot, and to do his duty as he saw it. With seemingly no credentials other than a contentious iron will, a desire to improve his situation in life, and a belief in the power and greatness of the American citizen, he rose to become president of the United States. The leadership qualities developed by Jackson as he rose in station by hard work, a firm belief in his own abilities, sheer force of will, help from others, and perhaps a bit of luck, propelled him from an obscure rural village to the epitome of public office, and ushered in what one author labeled 'The Age of Jackson,' and fundamentally changed the paradigm of how Americans selected their leaders"--Provided by publisher.

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