Brion McClanahan reviews Brad Birzer's Book on Andrew Jackson
In Defense of Andrew Jackson
Jackson was an American hero. He was one of the greatest military figures of the early 19th century and a quintessential American frontiersman. But he was an awful president who helped establish the imperial presidency of the 20th century. Jackson was not a Roosevelt, Truman, or LBJ, but without Jackson, there wouldn't have been a Lincoln.
Should we admire Andrew Jackson? Brad Birzer of Hillsdale College says yes, and I generally agree. I have written two chapters on Jackson, once in my Politically Incorrect Guide to Real American Heroes, and once in my 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America. Brad has done a service to Jackson’s reputation and his book is worth your time to read. I cover Jackson and Birzer’s fine work in this episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.
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