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Posted December 21, 2012
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 December 25, 2013
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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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