Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Jackson The Iron-Willed Commander - book review


Jackson: The Iron-Willed Commander is the first book I've read in The Generals Series. This series of books is about leaders who stood out above the rest and includes books on Grant, Lee, MacArthur, Patton, Pershing, Sherman, and Washington.

This book chronicles the life of the 7th president of the United States, Andrew Jackson. I received this book free from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review. I chose this book because I'm always trying to challenge myself to read more history since that is one subject I don't naturally gravitate toward. I enjoyed learning more about the life of Andrew Jackson, from his early years to how he continued his education after being orphaned as a teenager to his rather determined decision making that led to him becoming an American military hero and eventually president of the United States. However, I have to admit that the book read more like a textbook than an interesting account of his life, making it a slow read for me and I do not plan to read the other books in the series.

5 comments:

alexa said...

Your final sentence says a lot! I like the illustration of his face, though - has a lively quality.

Sian said...

You have taken me back to my first year university American history class :) I actually live quite close to where his parents were born, there is a museum and Andrew Jackson display to visit

Elizabeth said...

There is no reason why history has to be so dull. Many of our leaders had interesting lives and it makes one wonder how they turned out to be such good leaders. I finally had an opportunity to read Killing Lincoln, by Bill O'Reilly. Now that was history come alive through his words. Couldn't put the book down it is so good.

Karen said...

Like Elizabeth, I'm sorry to hear it was a trying read. I love history and especially, biographies. A good one reads like a novel!

humel said...

An interesting review, Melissa :) It reminds me of a quotation that I can't quite call to mind - was it Jane Austen? Something about being surprised that history books are so boring when surely most of it is made up!