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John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, a Private Life

Paul C. Nagel

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ISBN 10: 1441718877 / ISBN 13: 9781441718877
Published by Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2010
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Title: John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, a Private ...

Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: CD-ROM

Book Condition:New

Edition: Unabridged.

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A United States minister, senator, president, and congress in turn, John Quincy Adams was one of the most prevalent and dedicated Americans in history. Drawing from Adams seventy-year diary, author Paul Nagel probes deeply into the psyche of this cantankerous, misanthropic, erudite, hardworking son of a former president whose remarkable career spanned so many offices. We learn about his passionate marriage to Louisa Johnson, his personal tragedies, including two sons lost to alcoholism, his recurring depression, exasperating behavior, and brilliant diplomacy. We see his frustration with the political life and the pleasure he drew from being a poet, critic, translator, essayist, botanist, and professor of oratory at Harvard. Nagel's great achievement, in this first biography of America's sixth president in a quarter century, is finally to portray Adams in all his talent and complexity.

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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.

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