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John Quincy Adams

American Visionary

By Fred Kaplan, 1937-

Fred Kaplan, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Lincoln, returns with John Quincy Adams, an illuminating biography of one of the most overlooked presidents in American history—a leader of sweeping perspective whose progressive values helped shape the course of the nation.

In this fresh and lively biography rich in literary analysis and new historical detail, 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 persuasively demonstrates how Adams's 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Kaplan draws on a trove of unpublished archival material to trace Adams's evolution from his childhood during the Revolutionary War to his brilliant years as Secretary of State to his time in the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's 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—he was a predecessor of Lincoln and, later, FDR and Obama. Indeed, this sweeping biography makes clear how Adams's 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's own time.

Meticulously researched and masterfully written, John Quincy Adams paints a rich portrait of this brilliant leader and his significance to the nation and our own lives.

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2014

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9780061915413


Format: Book
Author: Kaplan, Fred, 1937-
Summary: A brilliant combination of literary analysis and historical detail, this masterfully written biography of the much misunderstood sixth president of the United States reveals the many sides of this forward-thinking man whose progressive vision helped shape the course of America.
Title: John Quincy Adams : American visionary / Fred Kaplan.
Publisher Date: New York, NY : Harper, [2014]
Subject: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848. Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Isbn: 9780061915413 0061915416
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System Items Available: 2
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Call Number: B Adams
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Format: Book
Author: Kaplan, Fred, 1937-
Summary: A brilliant combination of literary analysis and historical detail, this masterfully written biography of the much misunderstood sixth president of the United States reveals the many sides of this forward-thinking man whose progressive vision helped shape the course of America.
Title: John Quincy Adams : American visionary / Fred Kaplan.
Edition: First edition.
Publisher, Date: New York, NY : Harper, [2014]
Description: xii, 652 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), color map, portraits (some color) ; 24 cm
Subjects: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848.
Subjects: Presidents -- United States -- Biography.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (pages [575]-623) and index.
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.
LCCN: 2013035334
ISBN: 9780061915413
ISBN: 0061915416
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Call Number: B Adams