John Quincy Adams: American Visionary

John Quincy Adams: American Visionary

by Fred Kaplan
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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.