Saturday, December 12, 2009

Opening Sentence of the Day: American Lion

"It looked like war."

-- American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham (referring to the 1832 secession threat by South Carolina).

This is another off my LibraryThing Early Reviewer list. It is also my "white" book for the Colorful Reading Challenge. Once I finish it, I will have only a "blue" book to go to complete that challenge.

I know nothing about Andrew Jackson except that a mob crashed his inaugural party at the White House. So far, it is very lively and reads like a novel. No wonder Meacham won the Pulitzer prize for history for this one.


  1. I can't wait to hear more about what you think of American Lion. I can't get over how much the portrait of Jackson looks like John Kerry to me!

  2. I have heard good things about this one and I wan to read it, but I am a bit daunted by the size at the momement.

  3. Marie -- You are right! He looks just like JK in that picture. His personality was NOTHING like Kerry's, however.

    Nicole -- I understand feeling daunted. This is a pretty fast read, but it is still history and still over 500 pages, so it is not exactly flying by.


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