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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Waking Giant - America in the Age of Jackson by David S Reynolds

Publisher:  Harper Perennial
Release Date:  2009
Pages:  480

Waking Giant: America in the Age of Jackson

WC's Review:  Author David S Reynolds obviously is aware that few people, if any, read a textbook and does his best to make sure this comprehensive history of American history from 1815 to 1848 does not read like one. He gives salacious details in particular about the feminist movements and show biz phenomena, and the folks who settled communes and the West in their efforts to enhance their religious fervor. Not much new is revealed about the hero of New Orleans, but insights into James Polk, William H Harrison, John Tyler, and Zach Taylor are detailed. Emerson and Thoreau, both underrated sages of New England in their estimations, along with the poet Walt Whitman who worshipped himself as well, are highlighted in their blind adoration of John Brown, who was captured by a true American in Robert E Lee.
One has to wonder if a character of Jackson's stature could survive with today's odious lack of quality politicians. Balance the budget? Do away with the Federal Reserve? Hold politicians feet to the constitutional dictate of high crimes and misdemeanors?
"In 1814, we took a little trip, along with Colonel Jackson down the mighty Mississip."