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  • Title: John Quincy Adams
  • Author: Harlow Giles Unger
  • ISBN: 9780306821295
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Hardcover
  • He fought for Washington, served with Lincoln, witnessed Bunker Hill, and sounded the clarion against slavery on the eve of the Civil War He negotiated an end to the War of 1812, engineered the annexation of Florida, and won the Supreme Court decision that freed the African captives of The Amistad He served his nation as minister to six countries, secretary of state, senHe fought for Washington, served with Lincoln, witnessed Bunker Hill, and sounded the clarion against slavery on the eve of the Civil War He negotiated an end to the War of 1812, engineered the annexation of Florida, and won the Supreme Court decision that freed the African captives of The Amistad He served his nation as minister to six countries, secretary of state, senator, congressman, and president John Quincy Adams was all of these things and In this masterful biography, award winning author Harlow Giles Unger reveals Quincy Adams as a towering figure in the nation s formative years and one of the most courageous figures in American history, which is why he ranked first in John F Kennedy s Pulitzer Prize winning Profiles in Courage A magisterial biography and a sweeping panorama of American history from the Washington to Lincoln eras, Unger s John Quincy Adams follows one of America s most important yet least known figures.
    John Quincy Adams He fought for Washington served with Lincoln witnessed Bunker Hill and sounded the clarion against slavery on the eve of the Civil War He negotiated an end to the War of engineered the annexa

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    1. What an extraordinary life A child prodigy, JQA was a classical scholar, prolific diarist, linguist, diplomat, world traveler, frustrated poet, patriot From childhood, he was groomed by both illustrious parents for a high place in society He was an aristocrat of an earlier generation, raised in an age of deference who spoke a rich language that ordinary people could seldom fathom, but in the end, they sensed that he spoke for their greater good and to protect their rights and freedoms This is su [...]

    2. If you liked John Adams, you ll love this one I cannot imagine the pressure he experienced in childhood of having to live up to the high expectations of his father Surviving that to become a fast rising political star, to the US political zenith as president only to be viewed as inept impotent due to an ugly election Finally, peaking in his political career at the end of his life as an effective and ultimately revered and respected member of the House of Representatives made for an amazing biogr [...]

    3. For most American political figures, the Presidency is the pinnacle of their career, the moment when ambition and power and opportunity rise to a great crescendo.For John Quincy Adams, it was the low point, and nearly the end He was a child prodigy, and started off from a ridiculously early age hobnobbing via his father with some of the great names in Europe, and became a key member of America s nascent diplomatic corps throughout most of his younger adulthood, becoming Secretary of State then a [...]

    4. Book Thirty of my Presidential Challenge.I really enjoyed Unger s book about James Monroe so I kept the party going with this one Definitely not as good as that one, but still strong I m always a big fan of every President who was on the right side of slavery.Quincy was basically the opposite of James Madison Madison was super impressive before he was President, and then kind of a let down as President Quincy was kind of a let down as President, and then very impressive after he left office.Quin [...]

    5. John Quincy Adams was the amazingly gifted son of John and Abigail Adams From the time Quincy was very young his parents directed his education, insisting, for example, that, at age seven, he read Thucydides s History of the Peloponnesian War in the original Greek When John Adams was appointed by Congress as a commissioner to France, he took Quincy now ten years old with him By age thirteen, Quincy was attending a university in Europe and consorting with lawyers, professors, diplomats, and schol [...]

    6. A great book that gives details about a President we have heard of but know little about The excitement of Adams early life contrasts greatly with our present day dour picture of him During the Revolutionary War, he crossed the Atlantic with his father where they were almost captured by the British He then spent years in Europe, many on his own including an extended stay in Sweden where he spent much time with the girls in the Sweden court s social life refusing to leave until his dad finally fe [...]

    7. I already admired John Quincy Adams on the basis of Howe s What Hath God Wrought now I have an even higher opinion of him As well as despair at a fatal character flaw that doomed his one term presidency and contributed to the election of a president at least tied for the worst ever Andrew Jackson Although Clay has to bear at least part of the burden they both should have known what Clay s support of Adams in the contested election and Adams appointment of Clay as Secretary of State would lead to [...]

    8. I did not know much about John Quincy Adams except for the fact that he was president of the United States, and that he argued the Amistad case before the Supreme Court, winning the kidnapped African s their freedom What I discovered was that he was a true genius, a man who saw far beyond his time and paid the price for it Adams was fluent in several European languages including Dutch, French, and Russian Due to this fact and other aspects of his intelligence, he first served his country in dipl [...]

    9. John Quincy Adams s presidency seems barely a footnote in history, yet his legacy as a statesman, negotiator, congressman and abolitionist place him high in the pantheon of American giants In this fast paced and well written biography, Harlow Giles Unger focuses on the greatness of the man, but does not neglect to underscore the reasons for the failure of his presidency Yes, John Quincy Adams was impotent as president, but his ineffectiveness was certainly not for want of qualification Before be [...]

    10. Despite my lifelong love of American history and politics, I knew very little about John Quincy Adams Oh of course I knew that he was the first son of a president to become president himself and I knew that he died serving in the House of Representatives That last bit should have alerted me to the fact that this was a most unusual man can you imagine any of the presidents in recent memory to serve afterward in the House Anyway, that little tidbit somehow just passed right over me.Now I know that [...]

    11. You must have one great purpose of existence to make your talents and your knowledge most beneficial to your country and most useful to mankind John Quincy Adams, To my children One of the most accomplished diplomats in the history of the world, JQA not only witnessed a number of landmark events in American history, he actively participated in a lot of them With a mastery of several foreign languages, 50 years of civil service in a variety of governmental functions including the US presidency, a [...]

    12. This book was very good It was a very detailed and an accurate depiction of a great man I never realized how many good things he did while he was alive Unfortunately, he is known for his presidency which was not one filled with accomplishment.

    13. Before this reading listening technically to this book, I would not have been able to tell a single thing about John Quincy Adams, even that he had been president Unger paints a striking portrait of the man and has made certain that I won t forget Adams and will remember him along with the likes of Jefferson, Lincoln, and Washington The son of one of the founding fathers, John Adams, John Quincy was instructed by his parents and impressed upon him the hopes for greatness With much time spent abr [...]

    14. Audiobook Just checked this book out on a whim, but I was glad I did I recently completed a major Revolutionary War reading kick, and enjoyed reading about John Adams and some of the other founders, but really didn t know that much about Adams eldest son, John Quincy Well, this book filled in a lot of knowledge gaps While not quite in the generation of the Founders, John Quincy Adams certainly played a major role in shaping America in those first few decades after independence Arguably America s [...]

    15. It is hard to think of another statesman who could rival John Quincy Adams in American history, for the breadth and length of his political career if nothing else The fact that his term as President was perhaps the least significant and eventful period in his life tells you something about the remarkable times he lived in and the part he played in them From his beginnings serving under Washington to his end alongside Lincoln, there is surely no man other than the Founding Fathers who best epitom [...]

    16. He left the presidency to excel in the House of RepresentativesI did not know very much about John Quincy Adams before listening to this audible book But now having heard of his life I am most impressed with his accomplishments At a time when political parties were just beginning to dominate the American scene, he maintained his independence regardless of its consequences He became president by wresting the office from Andrew Jackson which led to a very inconsequential one term presidential care [...]

    17. Unger wrote a succinct, fact filled, enjoyable account of the sixth president of the United States I was aware Adams had been a significant diplomat for the U.S but was not aware of the extent of his influence He was an interesting character because of his lifelong pursuit of excellence in his service to his country, his magnificent mind, and his complicated personality He was, perhaps, a better adviser than manager and better at confronting than placating He did not suffer fools and was useless [...]

    18. I picked up this audiobook on one of Audible s sales and then forgot I had it for several months I m not gonna lie, I wasn t entirely certain on who John Quincy Adams was when I got it in relation to John Adams Unsurprisingly if you re historically literate than I am John Quincy Adams is John Adam s son And I m really glad I did.First, because I ended up liking John Quincy Adams quite a lot I related to him quite a lot, especially in some of the little things Here s a passing excerpt from the b [...]

    19. William Wilberforce has always been a hero in politics for me His determined and principled opposition to slavery over forty years led to its abolition in the British Empire In reading this biography of John Quincy Adams, I discovered that he along with Lincoln and some others is a candidate for America s Wilberforce.In recent years, he has often been overshadowed by his father, but it can be argued that his contribution to the early history of our country might rival that of his father, even th [...]

    20. Having read the story of Louisa Adams s journey from Moscow to Paris in 1815, I had a picture of John Quincy Adams as reserved, stern, inflexible, pessimistic or realistic , critical, and not social True as that may have been, this account showed a different side of him He was affectionate toward and attached to both of his parents, his siblings, his wife, and his children Unger also shows John Quincy s courage in traveling with his father to Europe as a young teenager At 16 he accompanied his f [...]

    21. John Quincy Adams was one of the most fascinating men in the history of the United States Born the son of John and Abigail Adams he served his nation over a longer period and in positions that probably anyone else in history As a young man he watched from a distance as the British and Americans fought around Boston in the opened fights of the War of Independence He traveled with his father to France as his father worked with Benjamin Franklin at the court of Versailles At the age of fourteen he [...]

    22. Most enjoyable JQA has probably been the most intelligent person ever to have served in the US government A remarkable person and life Like a few other presidents, his pre presidential resume should have made him a shoe in for greatness as president, but for a variety of factors, JQA s presidency was perhaps his greatest failure Others with great resumes but less than stellar, if not failed, presidencies include J Adams, Madison, Van Buren, Buchanan, Hoover, Nixon, and GHW Bush that last one, ve [...]

    23. John Quincy Adams had a fierce passion for his country and for public service, a passion that carried him through life and one I can only hope to somewhat emulate in my life and career His parents had high expectations of him since his birth He somehow managed to meet and even trump all of them The only negative comment I have on John Quincy is that he at times seemed almost too controlled by his own principles so far as to forego logic and sound decision making His refusal to campaign for any p [...]

    24. This wasn t what I would call a scholarly biography It was purely narrative, telling the story of JQA s life with no new revelations or interpretations that I saw It just places Adams s life within the context of the times, which is what I was looking for some light reading about one of America s greatest and maybe least well known statesmen My biggest qualm about the book is that it does on occasion repeat some standard fallacies or misinterpretations about American history, like the off repeat [...]

    25. Who d a thunk it While reading American Lion, Jon Meacham s biography of Andrew Jackson, I first encountered the doings of John Quincy Fascinating From childhood he was immersed in political life and the expectations of John and Abigail were incredibly high Few could meet them, but John Quincy exceeded them A politician who never followed a party line, he instead believed in the mission to serve the people all of them.Time Mag s cover has Hillary on it, and the headline, I know what it s like to [...]

    26. John Quincy Adams is a fascinating look at the life of the 6th President of the United States And, the impression I get from the book is that, of a political career that lasted basically two thirds of a century, the Presidency was his least successful job At age 14, Adams was named secretary to Francis Dana on a diplomatic mission to Russia ca 1782 , and, after the Presidency, he served as a much loved and much hated member of the House of Representatives for 17 years, until his death in 1848.JQ [...]

    27. This is a comprehensive and easy to read biography of one of the most accomplished public servants in American history Adams s many accomplishments are many times overlooked as a result of his failed presidency His successes as a diplomat are unmatched He negotiated the Treay oif Ghent ending the War of 1812 on favorable terms As Secretary of State secured the acquistion of Florida from Spain, and was a principal author of the Monroe Doctrine He greatest accomplishment may have been as Congressm [...]

    28. I am under no apprehension about his proficiency in learning With his capacities and and opportunities he can not fail to acquire knowledge But let him know that the sentiments of his heart are important than the furniture of his head Let him be sure that he possesses the great virtue of temperance, justice, magnanimity, honor, and generosity, and with these added to his parts, he cannot fail to become a wise and great man John Adams about his son John Quincy Adams Arguably the most intelligent [...]

    29. I found the story of John Quincy Adams extremely fascinating He kept a journal since a small child, which was quoted often He was 7 years old when both he and his mother watched the battle of bunker hill He was friends of many of the founding fathers His adult life was a life of public service After an unsuccessful term as President of the United States he later served as a member of the House of Representatives He successful argued the Amistad case in front of the U.S Supreme Court Using a siza [...]

    30. This is a fascinating look at the life of one of America s foremost statesmen, from one of America s few founding families I appreciated the straightforward honesty of the author in his recounting of the many difficulties and flaws of the Adams family their struggles with health issues, alcoholism, pride, envy, etc not only as a family systems reality, but also in JQ Adams himself Nonetheless, the portrait painted of Adams is that of a man of great, consistent integrity throughout his entire lif [...]

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