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John Quincy Adams : American visionary

Author: Fred Kaplan
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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In this 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' progressive vision guided his life and helped shape the course of America. Kaplan draws on unpublished archival material to trace Adams' evolution from his childhood during the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Quincy Adams; John Quincy Adams
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fred Kaplan
ISBN: 9780061915413 0061915416
OCLC Number: 857356671
Description: xii, 652 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), color map ; 24 cm
Contents: Hooks of steel, 1767-1778 --
A European education, 1778-1783 --
Slow voyage home, 1783-1787 --
Most beautiful and beloved, 1787-1794 --
Remember your characters, 1794-1797 --
Begin anew the world, 1797-1801 --
The white worm, 1801-1804 --
Fiery ordeal, 1805-1808 --
Paradise of fools, 1809-1814 --
My wandering life, 1814-1817 --
The terrible sublime, 1817-1821 --
The Macbeth policy, 1821-1825 --
No bed of roses, 1825-1829 --
The uses of adversity, 1829-1833 --
A suitable sphere of action, 1834-1839 --
Adhering to the world, 1839-1843 --
The summit of my ambition, 1844-1848.
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In this 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' progressive vision guided his life and helped shape the course of America. Kaplan draws on unpublished archival material to trace Adams' evolution from his childhood during the Revolutionary War to his years as Secretary of State to his time in the White House and beyond. He examines Adams' different sides: the public and private man, the statesman and writer, the thinker and 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 Adams was a predecessor of Lincoln and, later, FDR and Obama. Indeed, this biography 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.

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