Andrew Jackson is a seminal figure in American history. The first 'common man' to rise to the presidency, Jackson embodied the spirit and the vision of the emerging American nation. In this historical narrative, Brands follows Andrew Jackson from his days as rebellious youth, risking execution to free the Carolinas of the British during the Revolutionary War, to his years as a young lawyer and congressman from the newly settled frontier state of Tennessee. As general of the Tennessee militia, he put down a massive Indian uprising in the South, securing the safety of American settlers, and his famous rout of the British at the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812 made him a national hero. But it is Jackson's contributions as president, however, that won him a place in the pantheon of America's greatest leaders. This portrait of one of America's greatest leaders promises to reshape our understanding of both the man and his era.