How much do you really know about Andrew Jackson and his impact on the United States of America? Paul S. Vickery’s book, Jackson: The Iron Willed Commander, provides more than just the accomplishments and accolades of a man destined to lead his country. Instead, it explains all of the major successes and struggles in his life and demonstrates how he handles each one.
Sometimes it feels like a county’s leadership is completely out of touch with the people. Jackson, born poor and orphaned as an adolescent, knew what was like to work hard and make something of himself. He fought for the country he loved and went on to serve as her president. The phrase pulling oneself up by the bootstraps comes to mind when I think about Andrew Jackson.
This book was more than just a list of events, dates, and battles. It brought to life just what it would take for Jackson to succeed in the most trying of circumstances. It is a much more personal take on the man and his experience. As a real history lover, I found the book interesting and enlightening but I don’t think that you have to have a love for the past to enjoy it. Many segments are written much like a narrative and keep the reader caught up in the moment.
Vickery’s book made me really think about what it would be like to stand on the front lines, low on supplies as well as moral, and still stand tall knowing that the battle would be won if by nothing else than sure will power. Old Hickory gave all he had whether on the battlefield of war or politics.
I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review.