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  • Posted October 17, 2014

    Unger's book on John Quincy Adams really helped me see John Quin

    Unger's book on John Quincy Adams really helped me see John Quincy as a big piece of the puzzle of the Founding Fathers.  This guy saw John and Abigail Adams up close and personal, he was their son.  His personal doctor was Dr. Joseph Warren.  He saw the battle of Breed's Hill/Bunker Hill actually happen with his mother.  He traveled with his father to Paris, studied French there and got to know Ben Franklin quite well. He and his father and John Jay visited Parliament in the gallery right after we won independence from the British.  This guy had a front row seat to the American Revolution.  
    He later became the Ambassador to Russia as a teenager.  He served as Secretary of State because of his vast European experience and fluency in languages.  He served as a one-term President .  If it ended there, John Quincy would have been ho-hum to me.  However, there is more to the man.  After the devastating loss for a second term as President, John Quincy later came back as a Congressman.  There had been an unwritten code in Congress in 1790 that Slavery would not be mentioned.  John Quincy made it his mission to keep talking against slavery.  
    There was a vote in the House of Representatives to shut up John Quincy on the subject of slavery.  Southern Democrats voted to silence John Quincy on a 95-82 vote. He defended  Cinque in the Amistad case in 1841 before the Supreme Court.  This book helped me to make a link between the Founding Fathers and LIncoln.  LIncoln got to see the fight against slavery in John Quincy's last month of life.  He died in the actual House of Representatives and Lincoln was there.  I believe Lincoln's "Four Score and seven years ago our fathers brought...that all men are created equal."  John Quincy helped Lincoln make that link. Highly recommend the book and the last chapter is the climax. 



     

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    A Wonderful Biography. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the

    A Wonderful Biography. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the life of John Quincy Adams. Mr. Unger wrote a very engaging book about Mr. Adams. I have read many books about John Adams but not about his son. John Quincy was an outstanding American and patriot. I did not realize that John Quincy was such a power in Congress. It is too bad that we don't have more John Quincy Adams today in Congress. What a better world it would be if some of today congressmen had the rhectoric and knowledge of the constitution as Mr. Adams. Maybe more would get done. Highly recommend this book. Disagree with one of the reviewers that this book was like a text book. This book was well researched and gave an excellent portrait of our sixth president.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    A Fairly Unknown President, John Quincy Adams

    Before reading Unger's superb bio of John Quincy, about the most I knew about him was that his father was a one term president, and so was he. Turns out that there was more to the man than a mediocre one term as president. As a diplomat, John Quincy was more than able to hold his own with the likes of Franklin, Jefferson, Jay, and later even Henry Clay. His intervention helped the very young U. S. avoid several European messes that might have devastated our nation and, in fact, helped the U. S. rise in the eyes of more established nations. His astute and objective way of dealing with Catherine the Great, Napoleon, and even the British, helped lead our nation through the diplomatic minefield of the early 19th century. His Presidency, however, although not a total failure, was not so good. Had he used the same tactics, on congress and the nation, that he ultimately used as a later member of congress, he might have had a much more successful presidency, but he refused to go to the people, to tell them his ideas, to sell them on why he wanted to expand the nation's roads, canal systems, educational systems; the result was total failure at the polls for reelection. As a member of congress, from Quincy, Massachusetts, he was a total thorn in the side of the opposing parties, but a true champion of the nation, as a whole. Generally speaking, he was a fantastic diplomat, Secretary of State, and Member of Congress, but because he had puritanical beliefs that prevented him from going out to the people, his presidency was doomed. It's a great book, easy read, and invaluable learning experience about the last son of a founding father.

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  • Posted December 21, 2012

    Excellent read

    An enjoyable read. History has seldom been this interesting. For those of us who are not professional historians, this book fills in many gaps in our knowledge of this important and fascinating son of one our most important and influential founding fathers, friend of Thomas Jefferson and protege of George Washington. It is well researched and documented with many primary sources. However, it is an easy and quick read and would make a very fun read on a snowy winter evening. Don't miss this one!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted November 23, 2014

    Another exceptional book. Unger is a tremendous writer, and this

    Another exceptional book. Unger is a tremendous writer, and this is absolutely worth reading. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Good read

    Not the best president but an amazing diplomat and abolitionist

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Provided an adequate history of his life.

    The book read more like a text book, than an interesting biography. I would presume there are more interesting biography's available.

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