“The Life of Andrew Jackson” by Robert Remini is the single-volume abridgment of the author’s classic three-volume series on Andrew Jackson which was published between 1977 and 1984. Although he confessed to finding the distillation process “traumatic and agonizing,” Remini’s abbreviated biography successfully crystallizes (in just one-fourth the space) the essence of his longer series and saves the reader nearly one-thousand pages in the process.
Remini was a historian and professor at the University of Illinois and was known as an exhaustive biographer of Andrew Jackson. During his forty-year literary career he authored dozens of books, among them biographies of Jackson, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay and Martin Van Buren. He was named historian of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005 and later authored a narrative history of that legislative body. Remini died earlier this year at the age of 91.
Although he claimed difficulty in synthesizing the three-volume series, readers of this single-volume biography who have previously read Remini’s series on Jackson will…
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