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Monday, August 08, 2011

Jackson: The Iron-Willed Commander

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.

This is part of a collection that provides short (around 200 pages) biographies of major U.S. generals. This volume has about twenty pages of notes and three or so pages (of some type) listing source material. I am not an expert in the field, but this sort of thing is reassuring. The book does not have an index, which is unfortunate.   It is of sturdy construction (nice hard cover binding) and I can see those interested starting a collection for their book shelves of each volume. There are also some helpful pictures. More would have been helpful. The text overall appears to be appropriate for the average reader. The "young adult" might appreciate it but readers of all ages also might as well. It is not meant to be a full fledged account, but is a satisfactory summary of the life of a major player of U.S. history.

As noted by one review, the book "brought to life" Andrew Jackson to the reader, including the military engagements he took part in. We get into the mind of the participants, so the book is not some dry account of history, but concerns living and breathing people. I don't really think it is a "superior" work of history but it is fine to get a sense of the individual and his times. I think three stars would be fair.