John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams

Streaming Audiobook - 2012
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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 La 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 more. In this masterful biography, award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger reveals 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781470819040
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (9hr., 42 min.)) : digital


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May 06, 2019

A very sympathetic and favorable portrait of a lifelong politician early in American independent history. I got the feeling that embarrassing aspects about him were downplayed or even omitted, but as I am ignorant, I cannot make the accusation. His extraordinary efforts at self-study really paid off, but were anyone to do anything similar today, they would I fear be scoffed and chuckled at. Most admirable was the exercise of his own independent judgement, and his continued work after he left the office of the Presidency.

Jan 19, 2018

John Quincy’s life in the last disc is fantastic. Get this, and if you do nothing else, listen to the last disc (which is less than an hour).

The first half of the book is more about his father, John Adams, than John Quincy. I will admit, kinda hard to write the life story of John Quincy without mentioning his dad, but it seemed to me that it was way too much about his though the author was trying to stretch the story out. Thus, the second half was much better.


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