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Meacham wins Pulitzer for Andrew Jackson Biography, “American Lion”

April 22, 2009

One of my favorite journalists, Jon Meacham, currently the editor at Newsweek, has just won a Pulitzer Prize for his “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House”. A discussion of the relevance of Jackson, written by Meacham, is here. An excerpt:

Jackson had led the most improbable of lives. Soldier, brawler, duelist, lover and politician, he was the first American president to be the target of assassination, and the only one to attack his assailant. He was the first truly self-made man to become president. (Jackson was, to put it kindly, no scholar. When Harvard University voted to give the seventh president an honorary degree in 1833, a Massachusetts newspaper wrote that he deserved an “A.S.S.” as well as an “L.L.D.”) Before Jackson, it was possible to think of America without putting the people at the center of politics; after him, such a thing was inconceivable.

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