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America experienced an unprecedented expansion and turmoil between the years 1815 and 1848. In Waking Giant, Bancroft Prize-winning historian and literary critic David S. Reynolds, illuminates this period's exciting political story as well as the fascinating social and cultural movements that influenced it. He casts fresh light on Andrew Jackson, who redefined the presidency, along with John Quincy Adams and James K. Polk, who expanded the nation's territory and strengthened its position internationally.