I received a copy of JACKSON: THE IRON-WILLED COMMANDER by Paul S. Vickey, PhD, from Thomas Nelson, via BookSneeze. It is from The Generals, a series edited by Stephen Mansfield. I have been interested in President Andrew Jackson since my student teaching assignment in a fifth grade classroom. The students were learning about him and needed to write a poem, so I knew some tidbits, but this book took him into a new light. From school, I had developed a dislike for him. The fifth-grade textbook portrayed him as a man who drove the Native Americans off their land. This biography made him out to be much more than that.
The biography reads easily, like a novel, and spans his birth through his death. I was disappointed in how few pictures were included, but otherwise discovered delight in the chapters. President Jackson became a breathing man for me, rather than a distant figure in history. Dr. Vickey shows both his good and bad sides, well-rounding him to the reader. I enjoyed the usage of quotes and descriptions, as well as citations, reminding me of how it is fact and not fiction. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about Andrew Jackson’s life, as well as to any history buff.