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The first President who was the son of a President, John Quincy Adams in many respects paralleled the career as well as the temperament and viewpoints of his illustrious father. Born in Braintree, Massachusetts, in 1767, he watched the Battle of Bunker Hill from the top of Penn's Hill above the family farm. As secretary to his father in Europe, he became an accomplished linguist and assiduous diarist.

After graduating from Harvard College, he became a lawyer. At age 26 he was appointed Minister to the Netherlands, then promoted to the Berlin Legation. In 1802 he was elected to the United States Senate. Six years later President Madison appointed him Minister to Russia.

Serving under President Monroe, Adams was one of America's great Secretaries of State, arranging with England for the joint occupation of the Oregon country, obtaining from Spain the cession of the Floridas, and formulating with the President the Monroe Doctrine.

In the political tradition of the early 19th century, Adams as Secretary of State was considered the political heir to the Presidency. But the old ways of choosing a President were giving way in 1824 before the clamor for a popular choice.

Within the one and only party--the Republican--sectionalism and factionalism were developing, and each section put up its own candidate for the Presidency. Adams, the candidate of the North, fell behind Gen. Andrew Jackson in both popular and electoral votes, but received more than William H. Crawford and Henry Clay. Since no candidate had a majority of electoral votes, the election was decided among the top three by the House of Representatives. Clay, who favored a program similar to that of Adams, threw his crucial support in the House to the New Englander.

Upon becoming President, Adams appointed Clay as Secretary of State. Jackson and his angry followers charged that a "corrupt bargain" had taken place and immediately began their campaign to wrest the Presidency from Adams in 1828.

Well aware that he would face hostility in Congress, Adams nevertheless proclaimed in his first Annual Message a spectacular national program. He proposed that the Federal Government bring the sections together with a network of highways and canals, and that it develop and conserve the public domain, using funds from the sale of public lands. In 1828, he broke ground for the 185-mile C & 0 Canal.

Adams also urged the United States to take a lead in the development of the arts and sciences through the establishment of a national university, the financing of scientific expeditions, and the erection of an observatory. His critics declared such measures transcended constitutional limitations.

The campaign of 1828, in which his Jacksonian opponents charged him with corruption and public plunder, was an ordeal Adams did not easily bear. After his defeat he returned to Massachusetts, expecting to spend the remainder of his life enjoying his farm and his books.

Unexpectedly, in 1830, the Plymouth district elected him to the House of Representatives, and there for the remainder of his life he served as a powerful leader. Above all, he fought against circumscription of civil liberties.

In 1836 southern Congressmen passed a "gag rule" providing that the House automatically table petitions against slavery. Adams tirelessly fought the rule for eight years until finally he obtained its repeal.

In 1848, he collapsed on the floor of the House from a stroke and was carried to the Speaker's Room, where two days later he died. He was buried--as were his father, mother, and wife--at First Parish Church in Quincy. To the end, "Old Man Eloquent" had fought for what he considered right.



Source: The White House

http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presi...


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Here is the White House write-up on John Quincy Adams:


http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/presi...


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Thank you so much Jerry for the adds.


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Bryan Craig I double the thanks


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Bryan Craig These look interesting:

The Stranger and the Statesman James Smithson, John Quincy Adams, and the Making of America's Greatest Museum The Smithsonian by Nina Burleigh by Nina Burleigh

The Birth of Modern Politics Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828 (Pivotal Moments in American History) by Lynn Hudson Parsons by Lynn Hudson Parsons

Arguing about Slavery The Great Battle in the United States Congress by William Lee Miller William Lee Miller William Lee Miller
A blurb on this one:
In the 1830s slavery was so deeply entrenched that it could not even be discussed in Congress, which had enacted a "gag rule" to ensure that anti-slavery petitions would be summarily rejected. This stirring book chronicles the parliamentary battle to bring "the peculiar institution" into the national debate, a battle that some historians have called "the Pearl Harbor of the slavery controversy." The campaign to make slavery officially and respectably debatable was waged by John Quincy Adams who spent nine years defying gags, accusations of treason, and assassination threats. In the end he made his case through a combination of cunning and sheer endurance. Telling this story with a brilliant command of detail, Arguing About Slavery endows history with majestic sweep, heroism, and moral weight.


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They do and thank you for adding them. It looks like he will be coming up in the not too distant future.


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Bryan Craig Yeah, I think we got a good crop of books if we need a vote.


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True and folks can always add to the list.


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Bryan Craig A book on the 1828 election:

Vindicating Andrew Jackson The 1828 Election and the Rise of the Two-Party System (American Presidential Elections) by Donald B. Cole by Donald B. Cole

Product Info:
The presidential election of 1828 is one of the most compelling stories in American history: Andrew Jackson, hero of the Battle of New Orleans and man of the people, bounced back from his controversial loss four years earlier to unseat John Quincy Adams in a campaign notorious for its mudslinging. With his victory, the torch was effectively passed from the founding fathers to the people.

This study of Jackson's election separates myth from reality to explain why it had such an impact on present-day American politics. Featuring parades and public participation to a greater degree than had previously been seen, the campaign itself first centered on two key policy issues: tariffs and republicanism. But as Donald Cole shows, the major theme turned out to be what Adams scornfully called "electioneering": the rise of mass political parties and the origins of a two-party system, built from the top down, whose leaders were willing to spend unprecedented time and money to achieve victory.

Cole's innovative study examines the election at the local and state, as well as the national, levels, focusing on New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, and Virginia to provide a social, economic, and political cross section of 1828 America. He describes how the Jacksonians were better organized, paid more attention to detail, and recruited a broader range of workers--especially state-level party leaders and newspaper editors who were invaluable for raising funds, publicizing party dogma, and smearing the opposition. The Jacksonians also outdid the Adams supporters in zealotry, violence of language, and the overwhelming force of their campaigning and succeeded in painting their opponents as aristocratic, class conscious, and undemocratic.

Tracing interpretations of this election from James Parton's classic 1860 biography of Jackson to recent revisionist accounts attacking Old Hickory for his undemocratic treatment of blacks, Indians, and women, Cole argues that this famous election did not really bring democracy to America as touted--because it was democracy that enabled Jackson to win. By offering a more charismatic candidate, a more vigorous campaign, a more acceptable recipe for preserving the past, and a more forthright acceptance of a new political system, Jackson's Democrats dominated an election in which campaigning outweighed issues and presaged the presidential election of 2008.

This book is part of the American Presidential Elections series.


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Tom Am i missing something? There are two topics on '#6 (US) JOHN QUINCY ADAMS (PRESIDENT) 1825 - 1829'. Whats the second one?

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/2...


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Thanks a bunch; there are a lot of presidents and I think this only came to light because I was asking folks for book recommendations to poll for John Quincy Adams and Tom noticed it.

Tom, do you have any recommendations for books about or by John Quincy Adams that you would recommend for us to read. We are putting together a list of books to vote on. If you do have anything to offer in this regard, that would be very much appreciated. Place those recommendations on this thread.


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Moved from duplicate thread - Danoota's post:

As far as I am concerned, JQA was the most interesting of all the Presidents. To go from President, to Representative, and hammer away as he did for the right to speak His brilliant defense of the Amistad defendants, his refusal of any and all gifts, the exception being the Mendi Bible. His career was one of brilliant belligerence in the spirit of what The United States of America is supposed to stand for.


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Thank you Danoota for your post. I checked and you seem to be brand new to The History Book Club. Of course welcome; but one of our requirements before the moderators respond is that you post a brief intro so that we can welcome you properly and get to know our posters.

Here is a link to that thread:

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/9...

Here is a copy of our guidelines for you to help you get acclimated.

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As far as JQA, he was an interesting President having been in service to his country really from the time he was a young boy.

He also was quite a diary writer (beginning that practice from the time he was a very young boy) and from his diaries we have an intimate view of our country's history and a first row seat on some of the most intimate interactions in politics.

Wikipedia has pointed out that "much of Adams' youth was spent accompanying his father overseas."

John Adams served as an American envoy to France from 1778 until 1779 and to the Netherlands from 1780 until 1782, and the younger Adams accompanied his father on these journeys.

Adams acquired an education at institutions such as Leiden University. For nearly three years, at the age of 14, he accompanied Francis Dana as a secretary on a mission to St. Petersburg, Russia, to obtain recognition of the new United States. He spent time in Finland, Sweden, and Denmark and, in 1804, published a travel report of Silesia.

During these years overseas, Adams gained a mastery of French and Dutch and a familiarity with German and other European languages. He entered Harvard College and graduated in 1788, Phi Beta Kappa. (Adams House at Harvard College is named in honor of Adams and his father.)

He apprenticed as a lawyer with Theophilus Parsons in Newburyport, Massachusetts, from 1787 to 1789. He was admitted to the bar in 1791 and began practicing law in Boston."


So even as a young boy he was being groomed for great things. He certainly was welled prepared for his role having been the son of John and Abigail Adams and having been exposed to so much as a young lad.

Source: Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Qui...

Bentley


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Post from Danoota - moved because of duplicate thread

His unceasing, lonely fight against the gag rule, and the argument against censure that followed. I also respect his flat out refusal of gifts, I believe the only gift he ever accepted was the Mendi Bible from the survivors of the Amistad crisis.


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Post from Bryan - moved because of duplicate thread

Probably the highlight of his political career. Thanks!
I was impressed by his intellect and the ability to write in a journal for years, too.


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All,

After our next book by William Jefferson Clinton, we will move on to the next president that you voted for: John Quincy Adams.

Please as soon as possible, start citing here on this thread books that you would like to recommend that we read. When we get a sufficient number and a quality list, I will add a poll to vote on all of them.

So feel free to start adding any interesting books about John Quincy Adams or by him.

Thank you,

Bentley

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John Quincy Adams A Public Life, A Private Life by Paul C. Nagel Paul C. Nagel


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Thank you so much Barbara for your recommendation. We are trying to get a good list together of books selected by the group membership so that we can put together a poll and vote on which one will be the book discussed after Clinton. And of course, all of the nominees need to be books about or by John Quincy Adams. You have provided a great entry.

Bill Clinton by Bill Clinton


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Bryan Craig Here are some titles:

John Quincy Adams A Public Life, A Private Life by Paul C. Nagel Paul C. Nagel
Amazon.com review:
Who is the real John Quincy Adams? The brilliant secretary of state, prime mover behind the Monroe Doctrine, and principled opponent of slavery, defender of the Africans shanghaied aboard the Amistad? Or the ineffectual president stymied by a hostile Congress and his own self-righteousness, the vindictive political foe famed for his cold, disagreeable character? Paul C. Nagel, author of two previous books about the Adams family, seeks to give readers a more human Adams (1767-1848) whose complex nature contained many contradictions. John Quincy Adams is a valuable revisionist biography of a misunderstood figure at the crossroads of American history

Mr. Adams's Last Crusade John Quincy Adams's Extraordinary Post-Presidential Life in Congress by Joseph Wheelan Joseph Wheelan
Product Description:
When John Quincy Adams—the sixty-three-year-old former president, U.S. senator, secretary of state, and diplomat—was elected to the House of Representatives by his Massachusetts neighbors, he embarked on a spectacular late-life career.

He became Congress’s most acerbic and influential critic of slavery as well as a tireless proponent for human freedoms and First Amendment rights. This remarkable congressional career utterly transformed him, the public’s perception of him, and his legacy—in many ways redeeming his failed presidency.

Robert Remini is one of best historians for this time period. He is a Jackson era scholar:
John Quincy Adams (The American Presidents, #6) by Robert V. Remini Robert V. Remini
From Library Journal:
Remini, the author of many books on Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, and the politics of the 1820s and 1830s, here offers a brief biography of the sixth president of the United States as part of the American Presidents series edited by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. John Quincy Adams's four-year presidency was the least satisfying period in a long public career. He served as diplomat and Secretary of State prior to his election and became the only former president to sit in the House of Representatives, where he remained for 17 years during the increasingly stormy sectional debate. Remini focuses on important incidents throughout Adams's life, demonstrating that he was not the failure he would have been if judged only by his presidential years. Adams has been the subject of two recent longer biographies: Paul Nagel's John Quincy Adams: A Public Life and Lynn Hudson Parsons's capable but generally overlooked John Quincy Adams. Though the book is brief, in keeping with the series, Remini still manages to stay true to his scholarly credentials while targeting a general audience. Some endnotes are included that do not interrupt the flow of each chapter. Recommended for major public or academic libraries

Hecht was one of the first historians to examine all of JQA papers:
John Quincy Adams A Personal History of an Independent Man (Signature Ser.)) by Marie B. Hecht Marie B. Hecht

Bemis still has the standard of JQA's diplomatic efforts:
(No Images Available)John Quincy Adams and the foundations of American foreign policy
and John Quincy Adams and the Union by Samuel Flagg Bemis

I heard good things about this book focusing on JQA and the slavery issue:
Arguing about Slavery The Great Battle in the United States Congress by William Lee Miller William Lee Miller William Lee Miller
Product Description:
In the 1830s slavery was so deeply entrenched that it could not even be discussed in Congress, which had enacted a "gag rule" to ensure that anti-slavery petitions would be summarily rejected. This stirring book chronicles the parliamentary battle to bring "the peculiar institution" into the national debate, a battle that some historians have called "the Pearl Harbor of the slavery controversy." The campaign to make slavery officially and respectably debatable was waged by John Quincy Adams who spent nine years defying gags, accusations of treason, and assassination threats. In the end he made his case through a combination of cunning and sheer endurance. Telling this story with a brilliant command of detail, Arguing About Slavery endows history with majestic sweep, heroism, and moral weight.

NYT Comment:
"Dramatic, immediate, intensely readable, fascinating and often moving."--New York Times Book Review


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Bryan Craig Here are a few more:

This one is in my own library:
The Life and Times of Congressman John Quincy Adams by Leonard L Richards

John Quincy Adams (American Profiles) by Lynn Hudson Parsons by Lynn Hudson Parsons
Product Description:
He was born in 1767, a subject of the British Empire, and died in 1848, a citizen of the United States and a member of Congress in company with Abraham Lincoln. In his dramatic career he had known George Washington and Benjamiin Franklin, La Fayette of France, Alexander I of Russia, and Castlereagh of Great Britain. He had both collaborated and quarrelled with Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, and Daniel Webster. In his lifetime Americans had fought for and established their independence, adopted a Constitution, fought two wars with Great Britain and one with Mexico. They had expanded south to the Rio Grande and west to the Pacific. At the time of his death, Adams was seen as a living connection between the present and past of the young republic and his passing severed one of the nation's last ties with its founding generation. As son of the second president of the United States, father of the minister to the Court of St. James, and grandfather to author Henry Adams, John Quincy Adams was part of an American dynasty. In his own career as secretary of state, President, senator, and congressman, Adams was as an actor in some of the most dramatic events of the nineteenth century. In this concise biography, Lynn Hudson Parsons masterfully chronicles the life of one of America's most absorbing figures. From the day in 1778 when, as a boy, he accompanied his father on a diplomatic mission to France, to his last years as an eloquent , cantankerous opponent of this country's foreign and domestic policies, Adams was rarely detached from public affairs. And yet, this biography reveals Adams as a man never truly at home anywhere--in Washington he was stubborn and reclusive, in Europe he was a phlegmatic ideologue, a bulldog among spaniels. His story parallels America's own.

From Univ Kansas Press focusing on his presidency:
The Presidency of John Quincy Adams by Mary W. M. Hargreaves

John Quincy Adams and the Public Virtues of Diplomacy by Greg Russell by Greg Russell
Product Description:
This study brings together an investigation of John Quincy Adams' literary, philosophical and political careers. It studies his statesmanship as an expression of distinct intellectual and diplomatic traditions.

Another diplomatic history:
John Quincy Adams and American Global Empire by William Earl Weeks by William Earl Weeks
Library Journal review:
Weeks (American history, San Diego State Univ.) paints a detailed and ultimately unflattering portrait of John Quincy Adams in his role as U.S. secretary of state (1817-25). While touching on Adams's life and personality, the book focuses on his successful negotiations with Spain to acquire Florida and a U.S. claim to the Pacific. His able diplomacy made possible Manifest Destiny and the Monroe Doctrine, but Adams came to regret the machinations he used to get a better deal. The ironies of the affair haunted him, and he decided later that he had paid too high a price to satisfy the ambition he denied having. Like much good history, this book uses the story of a single event to reveal a great deal about the era in which it took place--and something about our own times as well. For all large history collections.


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Thanks Bryan and I hope we get a good list together for a poll. The way goodreads sets up folders and threads; we cannot set them in the order of the presidency and keep that order which is frustrating to say the least; that is why we did not notice the duplication until now. Since we are zeroing in on JQA we finally noticed it. But like I always say: better late than never.


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Bryan Craig Louisa Adams: C-SPAN's First Ladies: Influence & Image:

http://firstladies.c-span.org/FirstLa...


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John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams by Harlow Giles Unger by Harlow Giles Unger (no photo)

Synopsis:

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 nation’s formative years and one of the most courageous figures in American history, which is why he ranked first in John F. Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage.

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


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An upcoming biography:
Release date: May 6, 2014

John Quincy Adams: American Visionary

John Quincy Adams American Visionary by Fred Kaplan by Fred Kaplan Fred Kaplan

Synopsis:

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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Peter Flom Jerome wrote: "An upcoming biography:
Release date: May 6, 2014

John Quincy Adams: American Visionary

John Quincy Adams American Visionary by Fred Kaplan by Fred Kaplan[author:Fred Ka..."


I like JQA. I will add this to my pile


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Another one of his wife:
Release date: April 29, 2014

Louisa Catherine: The Other Mrs. Adams

Louisa Catherine The Other Mrs. Adams by Margery M. Heffron by Margery M. Heffron (no photo)

Synopsis:

Louisa Catherine Johnson Adams, wife and political partner of John Quincy Adams, became one of the most widely known women in America when her husband assumed office as sixth president in 1825. Shrewd, intellectual, and articulate, she was close to the center of American power over many decades, and extensive archives reveal her as an unparalleled observer of the politics, personalities, and issues of her day. Louisa left behind a trove of journals, essays, letters, and other writings, yet no biographer has mined these riches until now. Margery Heffron brings Louisa out of the shadows at last to offer the first full and nuanced portrait of an extraordinary first lady.

The book begins with Louisa’s early life in London and Nantes, France, then details her excruciatingly awkward courtship and engagement to John Quincy, her famous diplomatic success in tsarist Russia, her life as a mother, years abroad as the wife of a distinguished diplomat, and finally the Washington, D.C., era when, as a legendary hostess, she made no small contribution to her husband’s successful bid for the White House. Louisa’s sharp insights as a tireless recorder provide a fresh view of early American democratic society, presidential politics and elections, and indeed every important political and social issue of her time.


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Bryan Craig Thanks, Jerome. It is good to see more biographies on JQA coming out.


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Another:
Release date: January 6, 2015

The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams

The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams by Phyllis Lee Levin by Phyllis Levin (no photo)

Synopsis:

A patriot by birth, John Quincy Adams’s destiny was foreordained. He was not only “The Greatest Traveler of His Age,” but his country’s most gifted linguist and most experienced diplomat. John Quincy’s world encompassed the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the early and late Napoleonic Age. As his diplomat father’s adolescent clerk and secretary, he met everyone who was anyone in Europe, including America’s own luminaries Franklin and Jefferson. All this made coming back to America a great challenge. But though he was determined to make his own career he was soon embarked, at Washington’s appointment, on his phenomenal work aboard, as well as on a deeply troubled though loving and enduring marriage. But through all the emotional turmoil, he dedicated his life to serving his country. At 50, he returned to America to serve as Secretary of State to President Monroe. He was inaugurated President in 1824, after which he served as a stirring defender of the slaves of the Amistad rebellion and as a member of the House of Representatives from 1831 until his death in 1848. Deeply researched and beautifully written, this is the definitive biography of one of the most fascinating and towering early Americans.


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Thanks Jerome and Bryan for the adds.


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Mrs. Adams in Winter: A Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon

Mrs. Adams in Winter A Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon by Michael O'Brien by Michael O'Brien (no photo)

Synopsis:

Early in 1815, Louisa Catherine Adams and her young son left St. Petersburg in a heavy Russian carriage and set out on a difficult journey to meet her husband, John Quincy Adams, in Paris. She traveled through the snows of eastern Europe, down the Baltic coast to Prussia, across the battlefields of Germany, and into a France then experiencing the tumultuous events of Napoleon’s return from Elba. Along the way, she learned what the long years of Napoleon’s wars had done to Europe, what her old friends in the royal court in Berlin had experienced during the French occupation, how it felt to have her life threatened by reckless soldiers, and how to manage fear.

The journey was a metaphor for a life spent crossing borders: born in London in 1775, she had grown up partly in France, and in 1797 had married into the most famous of American political dynasties and become the daughter-in-law of John and Abigail Adams.

The prizewinning historian Michael O’Brien reconstructs for the first time Louisa Adams’s extraordinary passage. An evocative history of the experience of travel in the days of carriages and kings, Mrs. Adams in Winter offers a moving portrait of a lady, her difficult marriage, and her conflicted sense of what it meant to be a woman caught between worlds.


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Bryan Craig Cool, Jerome, it sounds like an action-thriller, lol.

Seriously, this looks very interesting.


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The story does sound lively, I think I'll look to get this one.


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John Quincy Adams: Policymaker for the Union

John Quincy Adams Policymaker for the Union by James E. Lewis Jr. by James E. Lewis Jr. (no photo)

Synopsis:

This new book focuses on John Quincy Adams's extensive role in foreign policy, including his years as secretary of state and as president. Brief but thorough, John Quincy Adams: Policymaker for the Union analyzes Adams's foreign policy accomplishments during key moments in American history, including the Rush-Bagot Agreement, the Transcontinental Treaty, the recognition of the Spanish-American republics, and the Monroe Doctrine. At the same time, the book shows that Adams was far less successful than many historians suggest. John Quincy Adams: Policymaker for the Union focuses on Adams's ideals of the centrality of the union to American happiness, the necessity of federal action to protect the union, and the indivisibility of foreign and domestic concerns. This book's examination of these three points casts new light on the logic behind many of Adams's accomplishments and also exposes the sources of some of his failures. This is the first study to examine how Adams's views ultimately led to his failure as a policymaker. This book is ideal for courses in diplomatic history, American history, and American political history.


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An upcoming book:
Release date: October 6, 2014

Nation Builder: John Quincy Adams and the Grand Strategy of the Republic

Nation Builder John Quincy Adams and the Grand Strategy of the Republic by Charles N Edel by Charles N Edel (no photo)

Synopsis:

"America goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy." John Quincy Adams' famous words are often quoted to justify noninterference in other nations affairs. Yet when he spoke them, Adams was not advocating neutrality or passivity but rather outlining a national policy that balanced democratic idealism with a pragmatic understanding of the young republic s capabilities and limitations. America's rise from a confederation of revolutionary colonies to a world power is often treated as inevitable, but Charles N. Edel's provocative biography of Adams argues that he served as the central architect of a grand strategy that shaped America's rise. Adams's particular combination of ideas and policies made him a critical link between the founding generation and the Civil War era nation of Lincoln.

Examining Adams's service as senator, diplomat, secretary of state, president, and congressman, Edel's study of this extraordinary figure reveals a brilliant but stubborn man who was both visionary prophet and hard-nosed politician. Adams's ambitions on behalf of America's interests, combined with a shrewd understanding of how to counter the threats arrayed against them, allowed him to craft a multitiered policy to insulate the nation from European quarrels, expand U.S. territory, harness natural resources, develop domestic infrastructure, education, and commerce, and transform the United States into a model of progress and liberty respected throughout the world.

While Adams did not live to see all of his strategy fulfilled, his vision shaped the nation s agenda for decades afterward and continues to resonate as America pursues its place in the twenty-first-century world.


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Bryan Craig Older biography:

John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams by John T. Morse Jr. by John T. Morse Jr. (no photo)


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Doreen Petersen While reading a book on John Quicy Adams I hadn't realized the harsh relationship with his mother Abigail and his bouts with depression.


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Which book was that Doreen


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Doreen Petersen Bentley,

It's John Quincy Adams A Public Life, a Private Life by Paul C. Nagel John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, a Private Life by Paul C. Nagel(no photo). It's an eye-opener to me at least on what a complex life he led.


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Bryan Craig Thanks Doreen, I read this book and it was pretty good. I got the new one, but have not read it yet.

Don't forget the author link and with a book cover, you don't need a title link:

John Quincy Adams A Public Life, a Private Life by Paul C. Nagel by Paul C. Nagel (no photo)

John Quincy Adams American Visionary by Fred Kaplan by Fred Kaplan Fred Kaplan


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Doreen Petersen Bryan wrote: "Thanks Doreen, I read this book and it was pretty good. I got the new one, but have not read it yet.

Don't forget the author link and with a book cover, you don't need a title link:

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Thanks for the tip Bryan. Will remember next time.


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An upcoming book:
Release date: October 16, 2015

The One-Party Presidential Contest: Adams, Jackson, and 1824's Five-Horse Race

The One-Party Presidential Contest Adams, Jackson, and 1824's Five-Horse Race by Donald Ratcliffe by Donald Ratcliffe (no photo)

Synopsis:

The election of 1824 is commonly viewed as a mildly interesting contest involving several colorful personalities—John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, and William H. Crawford—that established Old Hickory as the people's choice and yet, through "bargain and corruption," deprived him of the presidency. In The One-Party Presidential Contest, Donald Ratcliffe reveals that Jackson was not the most popular candidate and the corrupt bargaining was a myth. The election saw the final disruption of both the dominant Democratic Republican Party and the dying Federalist Party, and the creation of new political formations that would slowly evolve into the Democratic and National Republicans (later Whig) Parties—thus bringing about arguably the greatest voter realignment in US history.

Bringing to bear over 35 years of research, Ratcliffe describes how loyal Democratic Republicans tried to control the election but failed, as five of their party colleagues persisted in competing, in novel ways, until the contest had to be decided in the House of Representatives. Initially a struggle between personalities, the election evolved into a fight to control future policy, with large consequences for future presidential politics. The One-Party Presidential Contest offers a nuanced account of the proceedings, one that balances the undisciplined conflict of personal ambitions with the issues, principles, and prejudices that swirled around the election. In this book we clearly see, perhaps for the first time, how the election of 1824 revealed fracture lines within the young republic—and created others that would forever change the course of American politics.


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An upcoming book:
Release date: April 5, 2016

Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams

Louisa The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams by Louisa Thomas by Louisa Thomas Louisa Thomas

Synopsis:

Born in London to an American father and a British mother on the eve of the Revolutionary War, Louisa Catherine Johnson was raised in circumstances very different from the New England upbringing of the future president John Quincy Adams, whose life had been dedicated to public service from the earliest age. And yet John Quincy fell in love with her, almost despite himself. Their often tempestuous but deeply close marriage lasted half a century.

They lived in Prussia, Massachusetts, Washington, Russia, and England; they lived at royal courts, on farms, in cities, and in the White House. Louisa saw more of Europe and America than nearly any other woman of her time. But wherever she lived, she was always pressing her nose against the glass, not quite sure whether she was looking in or out. The other members of the Adams family could take their identity for granted—they were Adamses; they were Americans—but she had to invent her own. The story of Louisa Catherine Adams is one of a woman who forged a sense of self. As the country her husband led found its place in the world, she found a voice. That voice resonates still.

In this deeply felt biography, the talented journalist and historian Louisa Thomas finally gives Louisa Catherine Adams's full extraordinary life its due. An intimate portrait of a remarkable woman, a complicated marriage, and a pivotal historical moment, Louisa Thomas's biography is a masterful work from an elegant storyteller.


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Thanks everyone for the adds. Thank you Doreen for your post and explanation - we read that book at the HBC during one of the Presidential Series reads.

We have another Presidential Series read coming up very soon so stay tuned.


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An upcoming biography:
Release date: March 22, 2016

John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit

John Quincy Adams Militant Spirit by James Traub by James Traub (no photo)

Synopsis:

John Quincy Adams was the last of his kind—a Puritan from the age of the Founders who despised party and compromise, yet dedicated himself to politics and government. The son of John Adams, he was a brilliant ambassador and secretary of state, a frustrated president at a historic turning point in American politics, and a dedicated congressman who literally died in office—at the age of 80, in the House of Representatives, in the midst of an impassioned political debate.

In John Quincy Adams, scholar and journalist James Traub draws on Adams’ diary, letters, and writings to evoke a diplomat and president whose ideas remain with us today. Adams was a fierce nationalist who, as secretary of state, championed the idea of American expansion. Yet, at the same time he warned against moralistic and militaristic policies abroad—a chastening wisdom that makes him the father of what we now call “realism” in foreign policy. As president, he was a bold proponent of the idea of activist government later brought to fruition by Abraham Lincoln and others.

Adams’ numerous achievements—and equally numerous failures—stand as testaments to his unwavering moral convictions. A man who refused to take refuge in the politically prudent course of action, Adams was repudiated by his own Federalist party and, as president, by the nation that voted him out of office. And yet, in the final decade of his life, Adams regained the country’s regard, and even reverence, for as a congressman he often stood alone against the forces of slavery, twice beating back motions of censure. John Quincy Adams tells the story of this brilliant, flinty, and unyielding man whose life exemplified political courage—a life against which each of us might measure our own.


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Release date: October 24, 2017

The Lost Founding Father: John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics

The Lost Founding Father John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics by William J. Cooper by William J. Cooper (no photo)

Synopsis:

Overshadowed by both his brilliant father and the brash and bold Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams has long been dismissed as hyper-intellectual. Viciously assailed by Jackson and his populist mobs for being both slippery and effete, Adams nevertheless recovered from the malodorous 1828 presidential election to lead the nation as a lonely Massachusetts congressman in the fight against slavery.

Now, award-winning historian William J. Cooper insightfully demonstrates that Adams should be considered our lost Founding Father, his moral and political vision the final link to the great visionaries who created our nation. With his heroic arguments in the Amistad trial forever memorialized, a fearless Adams stood strong against the Jacksonian tide, the Gag Rule, and the expansion of slavery that would send the nation hurtling into war. This game-changing biography reveals Adams to be one of the most battered but courageous and inspirational politicians in American history.


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Thank you Jerome


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