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Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America's DestinyAndrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny by Brian Kilmeade
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The story of Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans will always be remembered by Johnny Horton’s song. If you’ve never heard it, check it out on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VL7XS…

Brian Kilmeade does a nice job of filling out the background to the song, what it took to get Old Hickory in the right place at the right time. And then the details for what was, by all measurements, an impossible victory. Well worth reading.

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2018 in Book Reviews, New Release

 

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Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli PiratesThomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A book well worth reading if you like American history or are interested in the history of the Barbary Coast in the early 19th century. While not the most in-depth book, it hits all the highlights and explains the motivations behind the major players. Most importantly, it does so in a very readable format that won’t put the reader to sleep.

One of the takeaways for me in this book is how often great men – and great ideas – fail before they succeed. We live in a culture that doesn’t value failure as a way to learn, grow, and adapt. We want our children to walk on their first try. We want to win a trophy on our first attempt. We want to earn our first million before we’re thirty-five. Thankfully, our forefathers were much wiser, and that wisdom is reflected in this book.

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2017 in Book Reviews, Non Fiction

 

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