John Quincy Adams: American Visionary

John Quincy Adams: American Visionary

by Fred Kaplan


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ISBN-13: 9780061915413
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Pages: 672
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 2.00(d)

About 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 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 Maine.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Hooks of Steel, 1767-1778 1

2 A European Education, 1778-1783 22

3 Slow Voyage Home, 1783-1787 53

4 Most Beautiful and Beloved, 1787-1794 87

5 Remember Your Characters, 1794-1797 121

6 Begin Anew the World, 1797-1801 149

7 The White Worm, 1801-1804 180

8 Fiery Ordeal, 1805-1808 214

9 Paradise of Fools, 1809-1814 247

10 My Wandering Life, 1814-1817 283

11 The Terrible Sublime, 1817-1821 320

12 The Macbeth Policy, 1821-1825 357

13 No Bed of Roses, 1825-1829 394

14 The Uses of Adversity, 1829-1833 432

15 A Suitable Sphere of Action, 1834-1839 465

16 Adhering to the World, 1838-1843 502

17 The Summit of My Ambition, 1844-1848 536

Acknowledgments 571

Bibliographical Essay 575

Notes 585

Index 625

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John Quincy Adams: American Visionary 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
jfk1942 More than 1 year ago
Fred Kaplan has written an excellent bio on John Quincy Adams. Even though technically he is not a Founding Father, he served in the administrations of all the first 4 Presidents. His time in Congress after he was President was very interesting. If you are interested in the early history of the United States this book is a must read.
EBucknerEB More than 1 year ago
I've barely started this book--read the Intro and several sections scattered throughout--but I've read enough already to know I'm going to enjoy it. Although I'm a progressive Democrat by inclination, Kaplan deftly shows the reader that a "Republican" (the party had not yet been organized in John Quincy Adams' day, but he was a member of the party that helped give rise to the Republicans, a party Lincoln was also active in, of those days was very different from a 2014 Republican.   Kaplan writes with real flair and is plainly a big fan of JQA, and he seems poised to turn me into a fan as well. I knew already that JQA was the only US President to serve after his presidency as a Congressman, and I knew something of his role in the famous Amistad anti-slavery case. But I didn't know he--JQA--was such a literate writer himself or such an interesting person. My preliminary evaluation--could be revised after I read the book, but I doubt it--is that this is well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is difficult to bring to life such an old historical figure as Adams. Kaplan does it successfully.
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Walks to the rivee lapping up water.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't hate on Obama just cuz his black and you white.
truepatriot More than 1 year ago
Once I saw the comparison to Obama ..I just moved on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Comparing Quincy Adams to the two presidents who are the worst in history to date, must have him and his father rolling in their graves. Both fundamentally destroyed the economy, freedom, and hopes of prosperity. Disgraceful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another book about J Quincy Adams and why?  Comparing him to progressive presidents FDR and OBama is enough to float this book into the circles of supposed intellects. Please publish a bio once and a while and leave the progressive stamp out please.