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John Quincy Adams: The American Presidents Series: The 6th President, 1825-1829
     

John Quincy Adams: The American Presidents Series: The 6th President, 1825-1829

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by Robert V. Remini, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
 

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A vivid portrait of a man whose pre- and post-presidential careers overshadowed his presidency.

Chosen president by the House of Representatives after an inconclusive election against Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams often failed to mesh with the ethos of his era, pushing unsuccessfully for a strong, consolidated national government. Historian Robert

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A vivid portrait of a man whose pre- and post-presidential careers overshadowed his presidency.

Chosen president by the House of Representatives after an inconclusive election against Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams often failed to mesh with the ethos of his era, pushing unsuccessfully for a strong, consolidated national government. Historian Robert V. Remini recounts how in the years before his presidency Adams was a shrewd, influential diplomat, and later, as a dynamic secretary of state under President James Monroe, he solidified many basic aspects of American foreign policy, including the Monroe Doctrine.

Undoubtedly his greatest triumph was the negotiation of the Transcontinental Treaty, through which Spain acknowledged Florida to be part of the United States. After his term in office, he earned the nickname "Old Man Eloquent" for his passionate antislavery speeches.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466871861
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/20/2014
Series:
American Presidents Series
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
331,241
File size:
414 KB

Meet the Author

Robert V. Remini is Professor Emeritus of History and the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Called the foremost Jacksonian scholar of our time by The New York Times, he is the recipient of a National Book Award. His books include Andrew Jackson and His Indian Wars.

Series editor, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., is the preeminent historian of our time. For more than half a century, he has been a cornerstone figure in the intellectual life of the nation and a fixture on the political scene. He served as a special assistant to John F. Kennedy; won two Pulitzer Prizes for The Age of Jackson and A Thousand Days; and in 1998 received the National Humanities Medal. he published the first volume of his autobiography, A Life in the Twentieth Century, in 2000.


Robert V. Remini is Professor Emeritus of History and the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Called the foremost Jacksonian scholar of our time by The New York Times, he is the recipient of a National Book Award. His books include Andrew Jackson and His Indian Wars.
Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., (1917-2007) was the preeminent political historian of our time. For more than half a century, he was a cornerstone figure in the intellectual life of the nation and a fixture on the political scene. He won two Pulitzer prizes for The Age of Jackson (1946) and A Thousand Days (1966), and in 1988 received the National Humanities Medal. He published the first volume of his autobiography, A Life in the Twentieth Century, in 2000.

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John Quincy Adams 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One might be suspicious of a biography of John Quincy Adams by Robert Remini, the modern expert on Andrew Jackson who confronted Adams in two presidential campaigns. Remini, however, does an outstanding job of succinctly recounting the private and public life of our sixth president. By intellect, education, and experience, Adams seemed an outstanding candidate for president. Though accomplished in many areas, especially diplomacy, Adams failed as an effective president. The author identifies those traits of Adams which prevented him from being the type of president most expected. Remini's book is a tribute to this presidential series.
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