John Quincy Adams by Harlow Giles Unger

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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.
 

About Harlow Giles Unger

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A former Distinguished Visiting Fellow in American History at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Harlow Giles Unger is a veteran journalist, broadcaster, educator, and historian. He is the author of twenty books, including six biographies of America's Founding Fathers and two other histories of the early republic.
 
Published September 4, 2012 by Da Capo Press. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History. Non-fiction

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A neglected president receives his due as a statesman and practical politician.

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The son of American icons John and Abigail Adams, John Quincy Adams transcended his parents’ high expectations, serving his country as a 15-year-old diplomat (as secretary to the American minister to

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Unger devotes substantial energy to Hancock's private life and habits (Hancock's fondness for almost regal accoutrements was controversial), but his marriage to Dorothy Quincy, as handled by Unger, remains frustratingly enigmatic.

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The son of American icons John and Abigail Adams, John Quincy Adams transcended his parents’ high expectations, serving his country as a 15-year-old diplomat (as secretary to the American minister to Russia), U.S. president, and later, congressman.

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In 1766 there was an estimated population of 2.5 million people in the 13 British Colonies in America. If you remove the women and children and then the Tories with their women and children, you had no more than half a million males, most of whom were semiliterate agriculturists. A small group of...

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Washington Independent Review of Books

The major events in the life of John Quincy Adams are presented as a kind of manifest destiny in which the downs of his political, personal and social life (including some very deep valleys) were mere speed bumps on his ascent in public life (one of his chapter titles: A Profile in Courage;

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City Book Review

However, the years away from his countrymen make him alien to them, a sting he feels more keenly after becoming commander in chief.||His political career all but ended with the most ineffective administration in history when John Quincy was elected to Congress without campaigning.

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Portland Book Review

John Quincy Adams was the fifth President of the United States.

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The Roanoke Times

John Quincy Adams lived in the shadow of his father and the other founders of the United States.

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Newcity Lit

Perhaps no man was better prepared by upbringing and education to serve as President of the United States than John Quincy Adams.

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This biography of sixth U.S. president John Quincy Adams offers a unique perspective on American history. Adams's life bridges the birth of the country to the seeds of the Civil War's controversies over slavery and states' rights. Unger has written several biographies of Founding Fathers and his ...

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