Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans by Brian Kilmeade

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans

Another pop history pageturner from the New York Times bestselling authors of George Washington's Secret Six and Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates.When the British fought the young United States during the War of 1812, they knew that taking the mouth of the Mississippi River was the key to crippling their former colony. Capturing the city of New Orleans and stopping trade up the river sounded like a simple task--New Orleans was far away fr...

Details Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans

TitleAndrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans
Release DateOct 24th, 2017
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, North American Hi..., American History, Biography, Politics, Presidents

Reviews Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans

  • L.A. Starks
    Although history gives theoretical (and civic) context when one is young, it can be far more interesting and perhaps should be reserved for those no longer in school, or at least those of us with some longer context of living, aka "lived experience."While I appreciate that rough-hewn, backwoods Andrew Jackson is considered to have a mixed legacy, this book is well worth reading for its explanation of the Battle of New Orleans, the key turning poi...
  • Scott
    I bought this book at an airport to read on a plane. This is very much an airport book. It's entertaining, and it was fun to learn more about the battle of New Orleans, but Jackson is a complicated character, and this portrayal crosses the line from "sympathetic" into "fawning," and "borderline inaccurate, historical revisionism." I know those are harsh words, but this book glosses over A LOT. I should have been more suspicious when Brad f-ing Th...
  • Celia
    Another excellent narrative non-fiction. I not only read but listened to the voice of Brian Kilmeade, the author. He is a radio talk show host on Fox. His reading expertise shows.I know that many people do not value or like Andrew Jackson. I understand why because his stance on Indian rights was abominable. However, I do begrudgingly admire him for his courage, his courtly manner and his love for his wife, Rachel.The Volunteers from TN were great...
  • Renae
    This book should not be considered 'non-fiction; rather it should be placed with the personal essay collection and titled "AndRew JackSON is the BESTEST president ever". I have no idea how a non-fiction historical book gets written and published without one single reference to a primary source but somehow this nonsense did. The quality (lack thereof) of historical fact checking and reference wouldn't even pass a high school history class. At best...
  • Rob
    We were lucky to win the War of 1812. We had lost control of the war in the north, losing battles in Canada. Then British troops set the White House on fire. If the British conquered New Orleans, they would control the mouth of the Mississippi River, cutting America off from its dream of western expansion, let alone forever changing Mardi Gras as we know it. In steps Andrew Jackson in the well-known refrain: “In 1814 we took a little trip, . . ...
  • Wes Knapp
    I love American history and this book opened my eyes to aspects of the War of 1812 that I had only briefly studied. This is a must read for those interested in the history of New Orleans. I was surprised to read of Sam Houston and Davy Crockett 's involvement in Old Hickory's army.From Jean Lafitte to the Ursuline nuns to the multicultural mix of New Orlean's own citizens - all have a part in this story. Don't miss it!
  • Scott Hitchcock
    3.5*'sEntertaining account of the events. It's funny how much you forget from your school days about important historical events such as these.
  • Jeanette
    This is a breezy book which follows the life of Andrew Jackson. From his earliest orphan and schooling experiences, it follows the years of his 20's quite quickly. As being from Nashville, TN Jackson is always looked upon as the backwoods "outsider" in the systems which saw Eastern coast city men heading each and every aspect of the government and the military. So much so that the "west" as it was then in identity, was not a central onus for purp...
  • Matthew Haddick
    I got this book for Christmas 2017 and read it in three days.I wasn't sure exactly what to expect from it. I'd heard Kilmeade promote it and seen it advertised on the web, but I'd never read a Kilmeade book before. I didn't know if it would be a history book or in some way a self-promotion for Kilmeade, a morning news show anchor.Well, I was surprised. It was stunningly good. It is definitely a history book, but it has a story-telling aspect to i...
  • John Nevola
    Andrew Jackson and the Miracle at New OrleansWhen most Americans think about the battle of New Orleans, they envision a day long battle in which the hapless British threw themselves against a wall of well-entrenched Americans and suffered an ignominious defeat. There was a battle on January 8, 1815 that conforms to this perception but it was the culmination of a series of skirmishes that led up to that fateful (for the British) day.In fact, the s...
  • Fred Forbes
    My 5th great uncle was a murderer. Also Thomas Jefferson's nephew. He and his brother killed a slave named George for dropping a plate. Rather than face trial, the two decided to commit suicide in the family plot in Western Kentucky. While one of them, Lilburne Lewis used a stick to demonstrate how to kill oneself should the flintlock malfunction after they attempted to shoot each other the gun accidentally discharged killing him. The "survivor",...
  • Joe Ricca
    A jaunty telling of the War of 1812, and the exceptional battlefield tactics of Andrew Jackson. Though after reading you will be asking yourself if it wasn't for the over confident and greedy British Generals, would the United States look different today. Possibly, and the Native Americans (I hope that's what they are going by today) may have fared better as well. Greed, it's still whats for dinner. Just don't choke on your just deserts.
  • Richard Fournet
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐5/5This book should be required reading for all students!Especially Louisiana students!All of the residents of New Orleans, this is a book that should be in your library!You can thank me later 😇 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5/5This book should be required reading for all students!Especially Louisiana students!All of the residents of New Orleans, this is a book that should be in your library!You can thank me later 😇
    Wonderful readThis should be read to our schoolchildren when studying the war of 1812 . This is well written telling of our history that takes the reader the battle as it unfolds. It is instructing, and entertaining. It captures the spirit of the establishment of our republic. A mustread
  • Jack Hansen
    A brief background about Andrew Jackson's beginnings and his perseverance in most difficult situations preludes the Battle of New Orleans. This city is crucial for control of the territory west of the Mississippi River and the wealth such a port provides via trade from Northern and Midwestern regions in North America. If the British capture the city, America could easily collapse as a new country. The British destruction of Washington D.C. scatte...
  • Art
    This is a very readable history book and a surprisingly wonderful quick read.There is nothing dry about this story of Andrew Jackson and his successful defense of New Orleans against vastly superior British forces in the War of 1812.Jackson is a populist president who earned his following while saving his country and its future by winning the battle at a time when the country had no experienced generals and was lacking leadership.At risk is the c...
  • Hunter Satterfield
    Quick, insightful read on the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812. Taught me a few things I didn't know about the War of 1812 and Old Hickory. The third book that Kilmeade has written in the "pop history" genre. All three books are very good, but the Jefferson/Tripoli pirates one was my favorite. I recommend all three for those seeking light history lessons.
  • Chad Brady
    Very good look at the battle that made a president. As much of a draw as the war of 1812 was, the battle for New Orleans was a decisive victory for the Americans, and it is the battle that saved post 1812 America from a resurgent presence of the British in the americas! USA! USA! USA!!
  • Thomas
    Well researched, excellent notes and bibliography, Kilmeade also makes history writing a page turner. I really enjoyed his previous two books, George Washington's spy ring and Jefferson and the Barbary Pirates, and this book does not disappoint. Well worth the time, check it out.
  • Aimee
    This book is very well-researched and worth reading if you are interested in U.S. History. It relates the Battle of New Orleans mainly through archived letters from the time. The book does seem to portray Andrew Jackson in a very positive light and glosses over some of his less popular traits revealing the authors' biases. It was a defining, culturally significant time in U.S. History that set the stage for generations to come. The book does not ...
  • Russ
    Very readable. A nice balance between just hitting the wave tops and a Rick Atkinson-type, detailed look at the historical battle of New Orleans. At 237 pages, its short enough that you don't get bogged down on too much detail, but well-researched with just enough detail to give readers a real sense of what happened and why its important.
  • Susan
    History that reads like narrative is always more fun. I might have enjoyed my history classes if the text had been this interesting. The War of 1812 was much more critical than I ever realized and Andrew Jackson is my new hero. Loved it.
  • Alan
    What a remarkable leader and patriot. Excellent book. God bless Old Hickory!!
  • William Matthies
    Prior to reading this book, my knowledge of the Battle of New Orleans came from a 1959 Johnny Horton song, "The Battle of New Orleans" ( The song mentions "Colonel Jackson" in the second line but Horton might as well said it was Colonel Sanders since my 11-year-old mind had not encountered much history to that point. All I knew was I liked the drums and the fact that they replaced a melted down cannon with an alligat...
  • Jpp
    With an impressive narrative talent, and even bringing no new fact or ideas, Kilmeade wrote a solid story of this useless but historical battle where Jackson smashed a British Army still involved in Napoleonian wars. Even won after the end of the II Independence war, New Orleans battle had a strong symbolic value, bringing together French Luisiana militias, American volunteers, Haitian freemen, French pirats and US regular troops in a fight where...
  • Wayne
    It seems a bit of a stretch to term an historical account a "page turner", but "Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans" fits the bill. Granted, most of the book describes the battle & the events immediately leading up to it which, as with many compact historical events (e.g. "Blackhawk Down"), can make for exciting reading. However, the author does provide context surrounding this famous battle for the reader, mostly from the standpoint of...
  • Jennifer
    This reads more like a thriller novel that will keep you up half the night than the history it actually is. Because it was so different from the nonfiction history books I usually read, I was initially unsure whether I would like it when I started reading, but once I got into it I couldn't stop reading. And because it is about the defense of New Orleans during the War of 1812, I already knew how it ended!One thing I've noticed about the War of 18...
  • Nathan Albright
    This is the third book I have encountered from the author (the third of which I am almost finished listening to on audiobook) [1], and they all share some general similarities.  For one, all of the works have been about the early history of the American Republic, and have dealt with courage and daring in ways that are clearly meant to be relevant to the contemporary period.  By and large, this is a good book and a book that is easy to appreciat...
  • Brent Ecenbarger
    I'd read a biography on Andrew Jackson last year (Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times by H.W. Brands), but was given this one as a recommendation by another reader, who gave the glowing recommendation that it was interesting and could be finished in two nights. As a result, I already had a pretty good knowledge of most of what was in this book prior to reading it. Overall though this was still an interesting read because Andrew Jackson's early exp...