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John Quincy Adams and the Union

(John Quincy Adams #2)

4.5  ·  Rating details ·  16 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Hardcover, 546 pages
Published November 1st 1980 by Greenwood Press (first published January 1st 1956)
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Brent Ecenbarger
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, presidents
This was the first president I read a multi volume biography on, and the subject matter was certainly expansive enough to warrant it. John Quincy Adams was born and raised to become President, and so his career before entering the White House was impressive enough to earn him (by this biographer) the title of America's greatest diplomat. After serving as President, he returned the house of representatives for a few more decades in one of the most turbulent times in America's history leading up t ...more
David Hill
Feb 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The 5 star rating is for the two volume set. The best of the presidential biographies I've read so far. JQA was a giant figure in American history, much under appreciated. Although the two volumes weigh in at around 1200 pages, it seemed just the right length. It is, after all, the story of a diplomat, senator, secretary of state, president, and US representative. He turned down a seat on the Supreme Court and later argued a landmark case before it.

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Samuel Flagg Bemis was an American historian and biographer. For many years he taught at Yale University. He was also President of the American Historical Association and a specialist in American diplomatic history.

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