'The Rise of Andrew Jackson' by David S. and Jeanne T. Heidler
EDITOR’S NOTE: In this RealClearBooks series, RealClear Book of the Week, we highlight recent nonfiction from across the political spectrum. This week’s book is David S. and Jeanne T. Heidler’s “The Rise of Andrew Jackson: Myth, Manipulation, and the Making of Modern Politics,” published last month by Basic Books.
Since Donald Trump declared that he would be running for president, his rash temper, his populism, and his politicking have been compared to President Andrew Jackson. In this political moment, historians David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler have come out with “The Rise of Andrew Jackson” — a look at what the authors call the first modern political campaign.
Many will be interested in this book in order to put the Trump presidency in the context of America’s history of powerful personalities and presidencies. Like Trump, Jackson was not a career politician. His charisma and hold on the American people came from a single military victory during the war of 1812. Also like Trump, Jackson campaigned against the elites and fought the central bank. As a work of history, “The Rise of Andrew Jackson” looks in depth at how Jackson was sold as a candidate to the American people. It should be valuable to readers curious about the development of campaigns and elections since the 19th century, and those interested in what light Jackson’s rise can shed on our own outsider president, and his seemingly perpetual campaign.
Max Diamond is a reporter for RealClearInvestigations.