Jon Meacham on ‘American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House’

National Constitution Center: “In 2008, author Jon Meacham appeared at the National Constitution Center to discuss “American Lion,” his Andrew Jackson biography that later won a Pulitzer Prize. National Constitution Center trustee and University of Pennsylvania Professor Richard Beeman moderated the event.”

Talks at Google: “Newsweek editor Jon Meacham visits Google’s Mountain View, CA headquarters to discuss his book “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House.” This event took place on December 2, 2008, as part of the Authors@Google series. Andrew Jackson, his intimate circle of friends, and his tumultuous times are at the heart of this remarkable book about the man who rose from nothing to create the modern presidency. Beloved and hated, venerated and reviled, Andrew Jackson was an orphan who fought his way to the pinnacle of power, bending the nation to his will in the cause of democracy. Jacksons election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people, not distant elites, were the guiding force in American politics. Democracy made its stand in the Jackson years, and he gave voice to the hopes and the fears of a restless, changing nation facing challenging times at home and threats abroad.”

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