John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams

American Visionary

eBook - 2014
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In this fresh and illuminating biography, Fred Kaplan brings into focus the dramatic life of John Quincy Adams'the little-known and much-misunderstood sixth president of the United States and the first son of John and Abigail Adams'and reveals how Adams' inspiring, progressive vision guided his life and helped shape the course of America. Kaplan draws on a trove of unpublished archival material to trace Adams' evolution from his childhood during the Revolutionary War to his brilliant years as Secretary of State to his time in the White House and beyond. He examines Adams' myriad sides: the public and private man, the statesman and writer, the wise thinker and passionate advocate, the leading abolitionist and fervent federalist who believed strongly in both individual liberty and the government's role as an engine of progress and prosperity. In these ways'and in his energy, empathy, sharp intellect, and powerful gift with words both spoken and written'Adams was a predecessor of Lincoln and, later, FDR and Obama. Indeed, this sweeping biography, rich in literary analysis and historical detail, makes clear how Adams' forward-thinking values, his definition of leadership, and his vision for the nation's future is as much about twenty-first-century America as it is about Adams' own time. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, John Quincy Adams paints a rich portrait of this brilliant leader and his vision for a young nation.
Publisher: [S.l.] : Harper, 2014.
ISBN: 9780062199324
0062199323
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Contents: Hooks of steel, 1767-1778
A European education, 1778-1783
Slow voyage home, 1783-1787
Most beautiful and beloved, 1787-1794
Remember your characters, 1794-1797
Begin anew the world, 1797-1801
The white worm, 1801-1804
Fiery ordeal, 1805-1808
Paradise of fools, 1809-1814
My wandering life, 1814-1817
The terrible sublime, 1817-1821
The Macbeth policy, 1821-1825
No bed of roses, 1825-1829
The uses of adversity, 1829-1833
A suitable sphere of action, 1834-1839
Adhering to the world, 1839-1843
The summit of my ambition, 1844-1848.
Summary: In this fresh and illuminating biography, Fred Kaplan brings into focus the dramatic life of John Quincy Adams'the little-known and much-misunderstood sixth president of the United States and the first son of John and Abigail Adams'and reveals how Adams' inspiring, progressive vision guided his life and helped shape the course of America. Kaplan draws on a trove of unpublished archival material to trace Adams' evolution from his childhood during the Revolutionary War to his brilliant years as Secretary of State to his time in the White House and beyond. He examines Adams' myriad sides: the public and private man, the statesman and writer, the wise thinker and passionate advocate, the leading abolitionist and fervent federalist who believed strongly in both individual liberty and the government's role as an engine of progress and prosperity. In these ways'and in his energy, empathy, sharp intellect, and powerful gift with words both spoken and written'Adams was a predecessor of Lincoln and, later, FDR and Obama. Indeed, this sweeping biography, rich in literary analysis and historical detail, makes clear how Adams' forward-thinking values, his definition of leadership, and his vision for the nation's future is as much about twenty-first-century America as it is about Adams' own time. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, John Quincy Adams paints a rich portrait of this brilliant leader and his vision for a young nation.

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