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Robert V. Remini (1921–2013)

Author of The Life of Andrew Jackson

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Robert V. Remini, professor emeritus of history & the humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago, won the National Book Award for his three-volume biography of Andrew Jackson. He is the author of numerous books on American history, including "The Battle of New Orleans" & biographies of show more Henry Clay & Daniel Webster. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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The Life of Andrew Jackson (1988) 421 copies
John Quincy Adams (2002) 258 copies
Joseph Smith (2002) 126 copies

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Nice little short intro to the life of our sixth president.
 
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skid0612 | 9 other reviews | Apr 10, 2023 |
5816. Henry Clay Statesman for the Union, by Robert V. Remini (read 26 Feb 2023) Though I have read other biographies of Clay, I am very glad I read this book since it is a superlative work, telling in fascinating detail the amazing life of Clay who really from the prelude of the War of 1812 till his death at 11:17 on the morning of June 29, i852, was a dominating figure in the nation. Though he hungered to be president that ambition eluded him--in 1824, in 1832, 1836, 1840 (when the Whigs succeeded in electing Harrison), 1844, and 1848. (when the Whigs elected Taylor). But during all that time he was a major figure on the political scene. Watching the Senate today on C-Span is usually boring but when Clay was in the Senate he attracted immense attention and one wishes there had been C-Span in those days. This book is a sheer delight to read and savor.… (more)
 
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Schmerguls | 3 other reviews | Feb 26, 2023 |
Well written biography, although Remini does excuse some of Jacksons behavior, he does appear to lay the facts out plainly, so you can certainly draw your own conclusions. Additionally, he does criticize Jackson on numerous occasions. It was a good read and I look forward to the rest of the series. Jackson certainly isnt a sympathetic figure in this book, no matter how much Remini likes Jackson. His conduct and actions are pretty despicable in numerous regards, but Remini does help us try to put Jacksons mindset into his actions to try and get us to see the world through Jacksons eyes. It doesnt lessen the tragedies that Jackson oversaw, but puts into context in history his actions and shows why we cannot go down this path that allows a Jackson to rise to happen again.… (more)
 
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waitwut | 2 other reviews | Nov 21, 2022 |
A brief but complete history of the 1814-1815 Battle of New Orleans, mostly focusing on Jackson and his troops, but with enough of the view from the other side to be balanced. I thought this was a good read and I enjoyed it. It has enough detail to be sufficient, but not too much to be boring.
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