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He fought for Washington, served with Lincoln, witnessed Bunker Hill, and sounded the clarion against slavery on the eve of the Civil War. He negotiated an end to the War of 1812, engineered the annexation of Florida, and won the Supreme Court decision that freed the African captives of The Amistad. He served his nation as minister to six countries, secretary of state, senator, congressman, and president.

John Quincy Adams was all of these things and more. In this masterful biography, award winning author Harlow Giles Unger reveals Quincy Adams as a towering figure in the nations formative years and one of the most courageous figures in American history, which is why he ranked first in John F. Kennedys Pulitzer Prize–winning Profiles in Courage.

A magisterial biography and a sweeping panorama of American history from the Washington to Lincoln eras, Ungers John Quincy Adams follows one of Americas most important yet least-known figures.

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"The son of American icons John and Abigail Adams, John Quincy Adams transcended his parents' high expectations, serving his country as a 15-year-old diplomat (as secretary to the American minister to Russia), U.S. president, and later, congressman. Unger (The Last Founding Father) asserts that Adams's positions on abolition and the promotion of science showed him to be prescient, while his outwardly reserved ambition revealed him as a Revolutionary relic whose earnest legal mind garnered him the respect of the fiercely partisan congressmen who surrounded him on his Capitol deathbed. Though Unger oversimplifies the initial American support for the revolutionary French during the elder Adams's tenure as president, he eloquently details the diplomatic headaches caused by both the infamous XYZ Affair and ever-changing Gallic governments. Spare prose clarifies the overview of political complications and intricate family dynamics, revealing Adams as a historically overlooked yet key transitional figure who witnessed the birth of the nation and endured its nearly irreparable geographic squabbles of the 1840s. Always serving the public with style and conviction, this 'towering figure in the formative years' of the nation earned both his parents' respect and a place in John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage. 43 illus., 4 maps. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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From an award-winning and leading Founding Fathers historian, a biography of a towering figure in Americas formative years

About the Author

A former Distinguished Visiting Fellow in American History at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Harlow Giles Unger is a veteran journalist, broadcaster, educator, and historian. He is the author of twenty books, including six biographies of America's Founding Fathers and two other histories of the early republic.

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kas, October 26, 2013 (view all comments by kas)
***Satisfactory for Those Hungry for JQA Info***

A) Some Criticisms
To start, I'll point out that this book does not make any clear historical argument. It is certainly unabashedly positive in its portrayal of its subject. For example, I was surprised the author was so uncritical of John Quincy Adams's insistence on a point of courtesy in negotiating a key treaty between the US and Britain; although he did portray the opposition to the strategy of standing on courtesy by his fellow American diplomats working on the matter, including Henry Clay.

Also, the author passes over some atrocities uncritically. This could be a very individualized reaction, but as I read the part concerning Andrew Jackson's actions in Florida against the Seminoles and African-American communities there, I felt as though one could append the phrase "like you do" to statements like, "And then Jackson killed the entire town of black residents, giving no quarter to women and children." In other words, the book was uncritical, and the narration accordingly was nonchalant.

B) My Overall Impression
All that said, I was satisfied with this book. I wanted to learn new things about this President, and it certainly allowed me to do just that. I enjoyed a lot of it
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Gene Lambird, September 12, 2013 (view all comments by Gene Lambird)
A foundation block of the Union!

Read about the fascinatingly privileged life of John Quincy Adams, as he meets everyone from George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Layfayette, Catherine the Great, and King George, and then uses all he has learned to forward the rights of a new nation - both abroad with leaders of other countrys, and at home. Although he became President, it was overshadowed by his power as a Representative, and anti-slavery advocate. You will enjoy John Quicy's elloquence.

The way all this history is presented by Unger is amazing. I have listened to over 100 books in the past two years, and this is the second I have purchased - wanting to have it around for ready reference and for the way it was written. A quiet treasure, to be sure!
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Gretchen wagner, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by Gretchen wagner)
This is an excellent history of post-revolutionary America. John Quincy Adams was an amazing man, right in the middle of all the post-revolutionary happenings, but playing on the international stage. An exciting book about an incredible but too often overlooked man.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780306821295
Author:
Unger, Harlow Giles
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Subject:
Presidents
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Biography-Historical
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Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
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Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 b/w photos
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The son of American icons John and Abigail Adams, John Quincy Adams transcended his parents' high expectations, serving his country as a 15-year-old diplomat (as secretary to the American minister to Russia), U.S. president, and later, congressman. Unger (The Last Founding Father) asserts that Adams's positions on abolition and the promotion of science showed him to be prescient, while his outwardly reserved ambition revealed him as a Revolutionary relic whose earnest legal mind garnered him the respect of the fiercely partisan congressmen who surrounded him on his Capitol deathbed. Though Unger oversimplifies the initial American support for the revolutionary French during the elder Adams's tenure as president, he eloquently details the diplomatic headaches caused by both the infamous XYZ Affair and ever-changing Gallic governments. Spare prose clarifies the overview of political complications and intricate family dynamics, revealing Adams as a historically overlooked yet key transitional figure who witnessed the birth of the nation and endured its nearly irreparable geographic squabbles of the 1840s. Always serving the public with style and conviction, this 'towering figure in the formative years' of the nation earned both his parents' respect and a place in John F. Kennedy's Profiles in Courage. 43 illus., 4 maps. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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