I came away disappointed with this book. I had read two other books by Meacham (biographies on Jefferson and H.W. Bush) and really enjoyed both. This book seem disjointed to me and spent far too much time focusing on the family and social drama around Jackson during his Presidency. I understand that much of that was important, but it seemed like just as things were picking up with important political or foreign aspects of Jackson's administration, there would be a side bar about who was and who was not accepted in Washington society. I have never been a big fan of Andrew Jackson, and this book did nothing to change my opinion.