Jackson: A Novel (Paperback)
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Short Description for Jackson: A Novel He became a legend during the War of 1812 at the Battle of New Orleans. Before that he was a fiercely passionate senator who could barely finish a speech without becoming choked with rage. He was called coarse and illiterate. In "Jackson", Max Byrd has vividly recreated the life and times of this powerful, controversial, and contradictory man.
- Published: 01 March 1998
- Format: Paperback 448 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780553379358 ISBN 10: 0553379356
Full description for Jackson: A Novel
In Jackson, Max Byrd has re-created the life and times of this powerful, controversial, and contradictory man from a variety of viewpoints, including an unfinished and uncomplimentary biography of the General, a remembrance by his closest personal aide and confidant, and the research of a young writer named David Chase. Chase knows very well that his biography could ruin Jackson's chances in the upcoming presidential election. Still, he is determined to write the first unbiased account of the General's life. Was Jackson really a charismatic demagogue, a crude backwoods barbarian, a representative of the decline of American democracy? Or was there something more behind the public image of war hero, campaign buttons, and emotionally charged rhetoric? What Chase finds is a man even more contradictory than the rumors told about him: a Jackson both savagely honest and politically cunning, a self-made man who always longed to belong, an orphaned boy who grew up with an untamed fury for respect and honor, a man as tough as the Tennessee wilderness from which he came. While researching his subject, Chase falls under the spell of the captivating Emma Colden, companion of a powerful senator and an ardent supporter of reform and women's rights, and comes across a secret that could change the future of America ... as well as his own. On the eve of the presidential election, Chase must choose between truth and compassion.