Reading List – March 2019

I am a sci-fi/fantasy person, as you well know.  But March is a special month for me, and for that special month, I’m reading three special books.  Books you might not expect.

Robert Remini’s Andrew Jackson Biographic Trilogy

 

I’m pretty interested in presidents, and there’s no doubt in my mind that Jackson is my favorite to study.  Jacksonian democracy is just fascinating to me.  How can people ever think about characters like Davy Crockett or Daniel Boone when you have Andrew Jackson out there?  The man was straight-up stuff of legend.  He may have done some objectively evil stuff, but dude.  Dude.  For a peacetime president, this guy is more monumentally crucial to the path of America than like… anyone.

As later students of Jackson know, you can’t get around Remini when it comes to the definitive biography of Jackson.  If you like studying the Age of Jackson, you can’t get around reading this excellent, scholarly trilogy of books.

So stick around.  I will probably spill a few more of my political views than I’d want in this series, so… that’s a risk.  But to read this massive series, I’m willing to make that sacrifice.

Also Andrew Jackson’s birthday is March 15th.

Links to The Book Reviews:

Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3

See my old reviews here

17 thoughts on “Reading List – March 2019

  1. Almost Iowa says:

    The best biographies are those that let us into the mind of the subject. So many people want to see the past through the filter of modern thinking, but why not view the past from the perspective and values of the time?

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      True! And biographies have a very interesting writing style that I think we can learn from.

      Most exciting… I get to read 19th century text with more updated English at the ready to explain it. That’s pretty cool!

      • Miriam Hurdle says:

        It sounds interesting. I’m fond of Lincoln but there’s not a whole lot about his growing up life, especially about his parents. He didn’t talk about his father because after his mother died, his father left him for a long time and came back after he found a wife!

      • H.R.R. Gorman says:

        Those people who grew up poor tend to have less well-documented childhoods. Very unfortunate, especially when poor people can grow up to be Abe Lincoln!

      • Miriam Hurdle says:

        He didn’t talk to his father for a long time, probably was angry that he was gone for a long time. Who know how he survived in those years? He was fortunate to have a mother valued education and walked him hours each way to take him to school until the school was closed down. His step-mother was also very encouraging for his education. He was a responsible person when young. He borrowed a law book to study but (dropped the book?) and got it wet. He repaid the owner of the book when he could afford it.
        One thing was encouragement to me as a kid was that he didn’t have paper and pencil to write but used something to write on the back of a shovel!

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