"Penetrating, detailed, and very readable. . . . A splendid biography." --Wall Street Journal
Few figures in American history have held as many roles in public life as John Quincy Adams. The son of John Adams, he was a brilliant ambassador and secretary of state, a frustrated president, and a dedicated congressman who staunchly opposed slavery. In John Quincy Adams, scholar and journalist James Traub draws on Adams's diaries, letters, and writings to evoke his numerous achievements-and failures-in office. A man of unwavering moral convictions, Adams is the father of foreign policy "realism" and one of the first proponents of the "activist government." But John Quincy Adams is first and foremost the story of a brilliant, flinty, and unyielding man whose life exemplified admirable political courage.
Basic Books; March 2016
- ISBN: 9780465098798
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- Title: John Quincy Adams
- Author: James Traub
Imprint: Basic Books
In The Press
"By rights, John Quincy Adams should be one ofAmerica's most famous presidents. His life story is remarkable, the son of oneof the nation's founding presidents, the only one to serve in an elected officeafter leaving the White House, and a man of vast intelligence and politicalcourage who died while debating in the House of Representatives. Yet he's anobscure figure. James Traub hasrectified this in a book worthy of its subject."—Fareed Zakaria, Fareed Zakaria GPS
About The Author
James Traub is a columnist and a regular contributor at ForeignPolicy.com and teaches foreign policy at New York University. He lives in New York City.