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John Quincy Adams by Robert V. Remini
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Celebrated chronicler of the Jacksonian Age Remini undertakes to explain the paradox of one of America's greatest diplomats and legislators being one of its poorer presidents, and by and large succeeds, delving deeply into Adams' saturnine personality. Remini ascribes a great deal of blame for Adams' aloof and combative public manner to his parents from hell and his own difficult sons. Substantively, this is a fine book. The prose could use some work. Remini deploys sentence fragments quite liberally--perhaps too liberally, in my view--to emphasize and dramatize his points. He has a peculiar weakness for the wrong word; two men don't "all" agree on something, they "both" agree, and emperors don't "resign", they "abdicate". This book is never less than entertaining and informative, but grammarians may cringe at times. ( )
1 vote Big_Bang_Gorilla | Apr 27, 2017 |
Early proof of the regenerative powers of the U.S. Senate, the post-Presidential career of JQA (as the book affectionately calls him) makes for some of the more interesting reading in this entry in the American Presidents series. This tome brings to life the highs and lows of this, one of the more interesting men to set foot in the White House. The details of his harsh relationship with his mother certainly paints a dark picture of Abigail Adams. The tragedy of JQA's eldest son is something that is chronicled but left me wanting for more. This book serves as an excellent concise biography of our 6th president. ( )
  Humberto.Ferre | Sep 28, 2016 |
good character study of our difficult 7th president ( )
  jerry-book | Jan 26, 2016 |
A very nice and brief version of JQA's life and career. I felt I learned quite a bit reading it. I was very interested in the part about the Amistad and his role in that. But I just didn't like him and I felt the author was a little too fixated on his mom. Would love to read about his sons! ( )
  briannad84 | Nov 19, 2012 |
Excellent brief account of the brilliant, highly accomplished and far-seeing statesman who, because he lacked the common touch, failed at much of what he set out to do as President of the United States. But would that many more of today's politicians shared his abhorrence of demagoguery as well as his sterling integrity! ( )
  markbstephenson | Jun 2, 2010 |
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Toward the end of the presidential campaign of 1824, John Quincy Adams, one of the four candidates for the office, left his duties as secretary of state in Washington and returned to his home in Quincy, Massachusetts, there to roam around the cemetery and look at tombstones of his ancesters and meditate on the past and future.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805069399, Hardcover)

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

Chosen 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.

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A portrait of the early nineteenth-century president documents his career with the House of Representatives, efforts to create a consolidated national government, role as a diplomat, contributions to foreign policy, and antislavery campaigns.

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