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American Phoenix

John Quincy And Louisa Adams, The War Of 1812, And The Exile That Saved American Independence

By Jane Hampton Cook

John Quincy and Louisa Adams’sunexpected journey that changed everything.

American Phoenix is the sweeping, riveting tale of a grand historic adventure acrossforbidding oceans and frozen tundra—from the bustling ports and toweringbirches of Boston to the remote reaches of pre-Soviet Russia, from an exile in arcticSt. Petersburg to resurrection and reunion among the gardens of Paris. Uponthese varied landscapes this Adams and his Eve must find a way to transformtheir banishment into America’s salvation.

Author,historian, and national media commentator Jane Hampton Cook breathes life intoonce-obscure history, weaving a meticulously researched biographical tapestrythat reads like a gripping novel. With the arc and intrigue of Shakespeareandrama in a Jane Austen era, AmericanPhoenix is a timely yet timeless addition to the recent renaissance ofworks on the founding Adams family, from patriarchs John and Abigail to the second-generationof John Quincy and Louisa and beyond.

Cookhas crafted not only a riveting narrative but also an easy-to-understandhistory filled with fly-on-the-wall vignettes from 1812 and its hardscrabble,freedom-hungry people. While unveiling vivid portrayals of each character—acolorful assortment of heroes and villains, patriots and pirates, rogues andrabble-rousers—she paints equally fresh, intimate portraits of both John Quincyand Louisa Adams. Cook artfully reveals John Quincy’s devastation after losingthe job of his dreams, battle for America’s need to thrive economically, andsojourn to secure his homeland’s survival as a sovereign nation. She reservesher most detailed brushstrokes for the inner struggles of Louisa, using thisquietly inspirational woman’s own words to amplify her fears, faith, andfortitude along a deeply personal, often heart-rending journey. Cook’s close-upperspective shows how this American couple’s Russian destination changed USdestiny.

 

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2013

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9781595555410


Format: Book
Author: Cook, Jane Hampton
Title: American phoenix : John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812, and the exile that saved American independence / Jane Hampton Cook.
Publisher Date: Nashville : Thomas Nelson, [2013], ©2013.
Subject: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848 Adams, Louisa Catherine, 1775-1852 Diplomats -- United States -- Biography Presidents -- United States -- Biography Presidents' spouses -- United States -- Biography United States -- History -- War of 1812 -- Biography. United States -- History -- War of 1812 -- Diplomatic history. United States -- History -- War of 1812 -- Peace. United States -- Foreign relations -- Russia Russia -- Foreign relations -- United States
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Format: Book
Author: Cook, Jane Hampton.
Title: American phoenix : John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812, and the exile that saved American independence / Jane Hampton Cook.
Publisher, Date: Nashville : Thomas Nelson, [2013], ©2013.
Description: x, 502 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Subjects: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848
Subjects: Adams, Louisa Catherine, 1775-1852
Subjects: Diplomats -- United States -- Biography
Subjects: Presidents -- United States -- Biography
Subjects: Presidents' spouses -- United States -- Biography
Subjects: United States -- History -- War of 1812 -- Biography.
Subjects: United States -- History -- War of 1812 -- Diplomatic history.
Subjects: United States -- History -- War of 1812 -- Peace.
Subjects: United States -- Foreign relations -- Russia
Subjects: Russia -- Foreign relations -- United States
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages 486-491) and index.
Contents: Journey interrupted -- Murder outside -- Thief inside -- Lost -- The crossing -- Journey begins -- Fireworks -- Good-bye, Boston birches -- Danish prey -- Three hundred Americans -- Caricature vs. character -- All the world's a stage -- Baltic circle -- Fig leaves -- Deja vu -- Eve's leaves -- Loneliness and splendor -- When in Rome -- French économie -- Ice hills -- Divorce -- Water -- Winter woes -- Contradictions -- Pretense and propriety -- Plato's beard -- Moving on -- Fencing pirates -- French choice -- French accomplice -- Obstinate -- American cinderellas -- Christening -- The snub -- New year's bang -- Exit strategy -- French cooling -- Recall and relocation -- Correspondence and contractions -- Supreme recall -- Summer solstice -- The removal -- The confinement -- Christening reprise -- Comets -- Baltic freeze -- Interference -- Tomorrow -- Heaven -- Enemy within -- Impressment -- Retreat -- Dry bones -- Journey resurrected -- Escape -- American phoenix -- Queen of hearts -- King of spades -- The star-spangled banner -- Antebellum -- Vive! -- Epilogue: the birches of Boston.
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ISBN: 9781595555410
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