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America's First Dynasty: The Adamses, 1735-1918

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Richard Brookhiser has won a wide and loyal following for his stylish, pointed, and elegant biographies of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. In "America's First Dynasty, " Brookhiser tells the story of America's longest and still greatest dynasty — the Adamses, the only family in our history to play a leading role in American affairs for nearly two centuries. From John, the self-made, tough-minded lawyer who rose to the highest office in the government he helped create; to John Quincy, the child prodigy who grew up amid foreign royalty, followed his father to the White House, and later reinvented himself as a champion of liberty in Congress; to politician and writer Charles Francis, the only well-balanced Adams; to Henry, brilliant scholar and journalist — the Adamses achieved longer-lasting greatness than any other American family.

Brookhiser's canvass starts in colonial America, when John Adams had to teach himself the law and ride on horseback for miles to find clients. It does not end until after the "Titanic" sinks — Henry had booked a room but changed his plans — and World War I begins, with Henry near the action in France. The story of this single family offers a short course in the nation's history, because for nearly two hundred years Adams history was American history. The Adamses were accompanied by an impressive cast of characters, from George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, to Andrew Jackson and Ulysses Grant, to Teddy Roosevelt. "America's First Dynasty" offers telling portraits of the great men of our past, and many of the women around them. John and Abigail's great love affair was destined to be repeated by their offspring and offspring's offspring.

As with any family, there was a darker side to the Adams story: many of its members were abject failures. Alcoholism was a familiar specter, and suicide was not unknown. Only one of the four great Adamses was a kind man and father; the others set standards so impossibly high that few of their children could meet them. Yet despite more than a century of difference from John to Henry, certain Adams traits remained the same. In the story of our first and still-greatest family, we can all see something of our own struggles with family, fate, and history.

Synopsis:

From the acclaimed author of "Founding Father" and "Alexander Hamilton, American" comes the remarkable, eye-opening story of the Adamses, America's first political dynasty, whose influence spanned four generations. "America's First Dynasty" is a compelling family biography and an instructive slice of history that shows how family cultures can produce greatness, but never without cost.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

CHAPTER 1

John Adams

CHAPTER 2

CHAPTER 3

CHAPTER 4

John Quincy Adams

CHAPTER 5

CHAPTER 6

CHAPTER 7

Charles Francis Adams

CHAPTER 8

CHAPTER 9

CHAPTER 10

Henry Adams

CHAPTER 11

CHAPTER 12

CHAPTER 13

Writing and History

CHAPTER 14

Republic and Empire

CHAPTER 15

Legacy and Merit

CHAPTER 16

Death

CHAPTER 17

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684868813
Subtitle:
The Adamses, 1735-1918
Author:
Brookhiser, Richard
Author:
Richard Brookhiser
Publisher:
Free Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Historians
Subject:
Statesmen
Subject:
United States - 18th Century
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Historical - U.S.
Subject:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
History-United States - 18th Century
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Historical - General
Subject:
History - United States/General
Subject:
Fiction : General
Series Volume:
65 (suppl. 1)
Publication Date:
20020424
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.56x6.40x.94 in. 1.11 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , From the acclaimed author of "Founding Father" and "Alexander Hamilton, American" comes the remarkable, eye-opening story of the Adamses, America's first political dynasty, whose influence spanned four generations. "America's First Dynasty" is a compelling family biography and an instructive slice of history that shows how family cultures can produce greatness, but never without cost.
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