John Quincy Adams LP: American Visionary

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In this fresh and illuminating biography, Fred Kaplan brings into focus the dramatic life of John Quincy Adams—our little known and misunderstood sixth president—and reveals how Adams' inspiring, progressive vision guided his life and helped shape the course of America.

Kaplan traces Adams' 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' myriad sides: the public ...

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Overview

In this fresh and illuminating biography, Fred Kaplan brings into focus the dramatic life of John Quincy Adams—our little known and misunderstood sixth president—and reveals how Adams' inspiring, progressive vision guided his life and helped shape the course of America.

Kaplan traces Adams' 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' myriad sides: the public and private man, the statesman and writer, the wise thinker and passionate advocate, the leading abolitionist and fervent federalist. This sweeping biography makes clear how Adams' values, definition of leadership, and hopes for the nation's future are as much about twenty-first-century America as it is about Adams' own time.

Meticulously researched and masterfully written, John Quincy Adams paints a rich portrait of this brilliant leader and his vision for a young nation.

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Editorial Reviews

Robert W. Merry
“Kaplan has produced a full-length narrative of this remarkable life, rendered in lucid and loving prose. . . . Kaplan rightly portrays Adams as a man ahead of his time. . . . A valuable book about an important American figure.”
Carol Berkin
“There is much to praise in this extensively researched book, which is certainly one of the finest biographies of a sadly underrated man. . . . These are the marks of a master historian and biographer.”
Susan Dunn
“An engaging, well-crafted, and deeply researched biography that puts particular emphasis on John Quincy’s rich life of the mind.”
The Boston Globe
“In undertaking John Quincy Adams, Fred Kaplan. . . clearly is trying to do for the son what David McCullough did for the father. . . . It was a notable life, marked now by a notable biography.”
The Christian Science Monitor
John Quincy Adams should be required reading inside the Beltway. . . . Kaplan has penned a richly detailed canticle to his subject. . . . Kaplan’s narrative is both riveting and brimming with telling details.”
The Wall Street Journal
“Well-researched and well-written. . . . An admiring and admirable account.”
Annette Gordon-Reed
“Insightful and engrossing. . . . As Kaplan makes plain in his own clear and finely chiseled prose, John Quincy Adams was, at his core, a writer. . . . A fine biography.”
Louis P. Masur
“An exemplary portrait. . . . Kaplan is accomplished at the art of biography.”
The Washingtonian
“Beautifully researched and written. . . . Biography fans, don’t miss this one.”
The Washington Times
“As well-written, comprehensive, and satisfying account of Adams’s personal life and career as we have seen in print.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062298768
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Edition description: Larger Pri
  • Pages: 1072
  • Sales rank: 816,104
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Fred Kaplan is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other publications. His biography of Thomas Carlyle was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Boothbay, Maine.

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