A major part of this competent biography deals with the boyhood and youth of Andrew Jackson, the Waxhaws' home in the South, the Revolutionary War skirmishes that provided some of his early memories, the death of his mother. There's warmth and a sense of immediacy in the dialogue and the main events, through the Indian campaigns, the service in the Tennessee milita, to the War of 1812 and his marriage. There's careful skirting of the scandals that pursued him and fairly superficial handling of the immediate events leading up to his presidency and the years of controversial handling of the nation's high office. One could wish for a better balanced biography. Or- if the youth is the goal- then a rephrasing of the title, please.