Reading progress update: I've read XIX out of 483 pages.

American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House - John Meacham, Jon Meacham

The America of Andrew Jackson was a country that professed a love of democracy but was willing to live with inequality, that aimed for social justice but was prone to racism and intolerance, that believed itself one nation but was narrowly divided  and fought close elections, and that occasionally acted arrogantly towards other countries while craving respect from them at the same time.

 

Now I'm just playing a drinking game: if you can swap Jackson for Trump in any given paragraph, take a shot.

 

In all seriousness, I've always found AMERICAN LION oddly inspiring. Sentences like these are why.