The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, Jan 6, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 544 pages
A patriot by birth, John Quincy Adams's destiny was foreordained. He was not only "The Greatest Traveler of His Age," but his country's most gifted linguist and most experienced diplomat. John Quincy's world encompassed the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the early and late Napoleonic Age. As his diplomat father's adolescent clerk and secretary, he met everyone who was anyone in Europe, including America's own luminaries and founding fathers, Franklin and Jefferson. All this made coming back to America a great challenge. But though he was determined to make his own career he was soon embarked, at Washington's appointment, on his phenomenal work abroad, as well as on a deeply troubled though loving and enduring marriage. But through all the emotional turmoil, he dedicated his life to serving his country. At 50, he returned to America to serve as Secretary of State to President Monroe. He was inaugurated President in 1824, after which he served as a stirring defender of the slaves of the Amistad rebellion and as a member of the House of Representatives from 1831 until his death in 1848. In The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams, Phyllis Lee Levin provides the deeply researched and beautifully written definitive biography of one of the most fascinating and towering early Americans.
 

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An enthralling book about a fascinating character who felt driven to succeed due to parental expectations and his own nature. A world traveler by the age of sixteen it was none the less very sad to ... Read full review

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This biography would probably be more interesting if you were more of a US history buff than I am. It's well researched, but Levin doesn't really do a good job of taking her many facts and telling a ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
A Legacy More Valuable than Gold or Silver
11
A Great Deal of Room for Me to Grow Better
23
Some Compensation for My Not Being with
33
A Journal
45
Almost at the Worlds End
57
Promise to Produce a Worthy Character
75
A Son Who Is the Greatest Traveller of His Age
87
The Age of Innocence and Thoughtlessness
283
Albeit Unused to the Melting Mood
297
Oh My Louisa
305
For the Friend of Your Life
323
Wise and in the Best Interests of the Country
333
To Turn Weariness Itself into Pleasure
353
Painful Retrospection
369
No Small Difficulty
377

A Sister Who Fulfills My Most Sanguine
97
Your Ever Affectionate Brother
121
The Sentiments of My Heart as They Rise
133
Study Is My Mistress
149
A Student in the Office of Theophilus Parsons
169
Exposed to the Perils of Sentiment
185
On the Bridge between Wisdom and Folly
205
The Times Change and We Change with Them
235
The Magnitude of the Trust and My
247
The Usual Mixture between Sweet and Bitter
267
Another Feather against a Whirlwind
389
Like a Fish Out of Water
403
Apostasy
417
In Honorable Diplomatic Exile
433
Whether of Peace or War
445
Afterword
459
Notes
467
Bibliography
507
Index
517
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About the author (2015)

Phyllis Lee Levin is the author of several books including Abigail Adams and Edith and Woodrow . She has been a reporter, editor, and columnist for The New York Times and lives in Manhattan.

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