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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
no - abridgement was choppy and made it difficult to pause restart.
Would you be willing to try another book from Jon Meacham? Why or why not?
I'll give him one more shot but if that style is also melodramatic in presentation, it will be my last attempt with a Meacham book.
Would you be willing to try another one of John H. Mayer’s performances?
Never. His mimicry was embarrassing. He performed. He didn't read.
Was American Lion worth the listening time?
No - I'll reserve my comments on the book itself once I've completed the printed version
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I think the only other biography I've read with higher praise for its main character is the New Testament. The Indians perform "brutal massacres on the settlers", whereas Jackson wins a glorious victory over the Indians, all Jackson's political opponents are conniving and greedy whereas Jackson himself is as good as the day is long and so on. The author's infatuation with Jackson blurs the historical details to such an extent that it's difficult to know what the true facts are.
Jackson might have been a great man, but I would have preferred to make up my own mind.
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