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John Quincy Adams by Paul C. Nagel
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Jan 28, 11

bookshelves: grown-up-books
Read from December 30, 2010 to January 27, 2011

Perhaps I am blinded by my Massachusetts blood, but I have always believed that both John Adams and JQA have been vastly underrated by history. It may also be that portrayals of both of them as stubborn, sometimes cold, and cantankerous men don't trouble me so much since I recognize the typical marks of a New Englander in that profile. And neither of them was as cold or cantankerous as some would say anyway.
In any case, this is an excellent biography, aided, of course, by the existence of JQA's prodigious diaries. But this book covers, as it claims, both his public and his private lives, and weaves them together with insights into politics, statecraft, and psychology for a very compelling read.
If you like history at all, I entreat you to reconsider JQA and give this a read!
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