The Lost Founding Father: John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics

Liveright - In fact, adams’s very exposure to the ideas of the european Enlightenment that had so influenced the Founding Fathers, including their embrace of reason, were hardly shared by his contemporaries, particularly those who could not countenance slaves as equal human beings. Such differences, louisa catherine adams, as cooper narrates, when he, became particularly significant after Adams’s failed presidency, along with his increasingly reclusive wife, returned to Washington as a Massachusetts congressman in 1831.

12 illustrations; 1 map. Cooper has reframed the sixth president’s life in an entirely original way, demonstrating that Adams should be considered our lost Founding Father, his morality and political philosophy the final link to the great visionaries who created our nation. With his implacable foe Andrew Jackson in the White House, Adams passionately took up the antislavery cause.

The Lost Founding Father: John Quincy Adams and the Transformation of American Politics - With his impassioned public pronouncements and his heroic arguments in the Amistad trial, a defiant Adams was no longer viewed as a failed president but a national, albeit curmudgeonly, hero, who finally collapsed on the floor of the House chamber in 1848 and died in the capital three days later. Why has john quincy adams been largely written out of american history when he is, our lost Founding Father?Long relegated to the sidelines of history as the hyperintellectual son of John and Abigail Adams, John Quincy Adams 1767–1848, in fact, has never basked in the historical spotlight.

Despite raucous opposition from southern and northern politicians, Adams refused to relent, his protests so vehement that Congress enacted the gag rule in the 1830s specifically to silence him. Cooper’s momentous biography so eloquently affirms. Remembered, as an ineffective president during an especially rancorous time, if at all, viciously assailed by populist opponents for being both slippery and effete, and then resoundingly defeated by the western war hero Andrew Jackson, Adams was humiliated in office after the contested election of 1824, whose 1828 election ushered in an era of unparalleled expansion.

The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President

Random House - Finally, despite the odds, he took the United States into a high-risk conflict, having pioneered a foreign policy based on economic sanctions, becoming the first wartime president and, winning. Now noah feldman offers an intriguing portrait of this elusive genius and the constitutional republic he created—and how both evolved to meet unforeseen challenges.

He feared economic inequality and the power of financial markets over politics, believing that government by the people demanded resistance to wealth. Madison’s relationship with james Monroe, a mixture of friendship and rivalry, shaped his presidency and the outcome of the War of 1812. A sweeping reexamination of the founding father who transformed the united States in each of his political “lives”—as a revolutionary thinker, as a partisan political strategist, and as a president“In order to understand America and its Constitution, it is necessary to understand James Madison.

Walter isaacson, he designed the constitution, james madison changed the United States three times: First, led the struggle for its adoption and ratification,  #1 New York Times bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci Over the course of his life, then drafted the Bill of Rights. His collaborations, struggles, and contradictions define the United States to this day.

The Three Lives of James Madison: Genius, Partisan, President - Alliances defined Madison, too. Madison closely collaborated with Alexander Hamilton on the Federalist papers—yet their different visions for the United States left them enemies. Madison’s lifelong loyalty to Thomas Jefferson led to an irrevocable break with George Washington, hero of the American Revolution.

As an older, cannier politician he co-founded the original Republican party, setting the course of American political partisanship.

Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson

Penguin Press - At last, adams let out a sigh and said, 50 years to the day after the signing of the Declaration, on the afternoon of July 4th, "At least Jefferson still lives. He died soon thereafter. Gordon wood has more than done justice to these entwined lives and their meaning; he has written a magnificent new addition to America's collective story.

In their final years they were the last surviving founding fathers and cherished their role in this mighty young republic as it approached the half century mark in 1826. Jefferson, the overachiever from new england's rising middling classes, the optimist with enough faith in the innate goodness of his fellow man to be democracy's champion, painfully aware he was no aristocrat, while Adams, was an aristocratic Southern slaveowner, was a skeptic about popular rule and a defender of a more elitist view of government.

Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson - A new york times book review notable book of 2017a wall street journal best book of 2017from the great historian of the American Revolution, New York Times-bestselling and Pulitzer-winning Gordon Wood, comes a majestic dual biography of two of America's most enduringly fascinating figures, whose partnership helped birth a nation, and whose subsequent falling out did much to fix its course.

Thomas jefferson and john Adams could scarcely have come from more different worlds, or been more different in temperament. What started as a grudging trickle of correspondence became a great flood, and a friendship was rekindled, over the course of hundreds of letters. It was a bitter breach, lasting through the presidential administrations of both men, and beyond.

But late in life, something remarkable happened: these two men were nudged into reconciliation.

Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times

Riverhead Books - As the leading federalist in Virginia, he rivaled his cousin Thomas Jefferson in influence. As a diplomat and secretary of state, he defended American sovereignty against France and Britain, counseled President John Adams, and supervised the construction of the city of Washington. The remarkable story of john marshall who, statesman, and diplomat, as chief justice, played a pivotal role in the founding of the United States.

No member of america's founding generation had a greater impact on the Constitution and the Supreme Court than John Marshall, and no one did more to preserve the delicate unity of the fledgling United States. As chief justice of the united states - the longest-serving in history - he established the independence of the judiciary and the supremacy of the federal Constitution and courts.

Without Precedent: Chief Justice John Marshall and His Times - Without precedent is the engrossing account of the life and times of this exceptional man, imagination, and grace shaped America's future as he held together the Supreme Court, who with cunning, the Constitution, and the country itself. D. C. This is the astonishing true story of how a rough-cut frontiersman - born in Virginia in 1755 and with little formal education - invented himself as one of the nation's preeminent lawyers and politicians who then reinvented the Constitution to forge a stronger nation.

From the nation's founding in 1776 and for the next forty years, Marshall was at the center of every political battle.

President McKinley: Architect of the American Century

Simon & Schuster - Although he does not register large in either public memory or in historians’ rankings, in this revealing account, Robert W. Merry writes movingly about mckinley’s admirable personal life, from his simple Midwestern upbringing to his Civil War heroism to his brave comportment just moments before his death by assassination it was only six months into his second term when he was shot.

Lively, definitive, and eye-opening, President McKinley resurrects this overlooked president and places him squarely on the list of one of the most important. Mckinley settled decades of monetary controversy by taking the country to a strict gold standard; in the Spanish-American war he kicked Spain out of the Caribbean and liberated Cuba from Spain; in the Pacific he acquired Hawaii and the Philippines through war and diplomacy; he developed the doctrine of “fair trade”; forced the “Open Door” to China; forged our “special relationship” with Great Britain.

President McKinley: Architect of the American Century - He portrays mckinley as a chief executive of consequence whose low place in the presidential rankings does not reflect his enduring accomplishments and the stamp he put on the country’s future role in the world. Republican president william mcKinley in his two terms as president 1897 – 1901 transformed America.

. Mckinley paved the way for the bold and flamboyant leadership of his famous successor, Teddy Roosevelt, who built on his accomplishments and got credit for them. Merry unfolds the mystery of how this bland man managed so much powerful change. A deft character study of a president.

The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - No other president had ever faced so much in such a short period of time. That is, until he was shockingly thrust in over his head after FDR’s sudden death. The dramatic, stalin, japan, and the atomic bomb, pulse-pounding story of Harry Truman’s first four months in office, when this unlikely president had to take on Germany, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.

During the climactic months of the Second World War, Truman had to play judge and jury, pulling America to the forefront of the global stage. Chosen as fdr’s fourth term vice President for his well-praised work ethic, and lack of enemies, good judgment, Harry S. Truman--a midwesterner who had no college degree and had never had the money to buy his own home--was the prototypical ordinary man.

Heroes are often defined as ordinary characters who get thrust into extraordinary circumstances, and through courage and a dash of luck, cement their place in history. The first four months of truman’s administration saw the founding of the united nations, the potsdam conference, victory at Okinawa, the liberation of concentration camps, and finally, the controversial decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Nazi surrender, the surrender of Imperial Japan, the first atomic explosion, firebombings of Tokyo, the fall of Berlin, the mass starvation of Europe, the end of World War II and the rise of the Cold War.

The Accidental President: Harry S. Truman and the Four Months That Changed the World - Tightly focused, history-making 120 days, meticulously researched, the ACCIDENTAL PRESIDENT escorts readers into the situation room with Truman during this tumultuous, rendered with vivid detail and narrative verve, when the stakes were high and the challenge even higher. The result is narrative history of the highest order and a compelling look at a presidency with great relevance to our times.

The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur

Da Capo Press - Garfield was shot in 1881, nobody expected Chester A. Julia sand, wrote arthur nearly two dozen letters urging him to put country over party, a bedridden New Yorker, to find "the spark of true nobility" that lay within him. Nobody expected the vice president, a New York political hack, to be president. It is the tale of a machine politician and man-about-town in Gilded Age New York who stumbled into the highest office in the land, only to rediscover his better self when his nation needed him.

Arthur to become a strong and effective president, a courageous anti-corruption reformer, and an early civil rights advocate. He surprised everyone--and gained many enemies--when he swept house and took on corruption, civil rights for blacks, and issues of land for Native Americans. A mysterious young woman deserves much of the credit for Arthur's remarkable transformation.

The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur - As president James A. At a time when women were barred from political life, Sand's letters inspired Arthur to transcend his checkered past--and changed the course of American history. This beautifully written biography tells the dramatic, untold story of a virtually forgotten American president. Arthur was known as the crooked crony of New York machine boss Roscoe Conkling.

. For years arthur had been perceived as unfit to govern, not only by critics and the vast majority of his fellow citizens but by his own conscience.

Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times

Knopf - Arguably the father of both new Deal liberalism and modern conservatism, Herbert Hoover lived one of the most extraordinary American lives of the twentieth century. It can nestle on the same shelf as David McCullough’s Truman, a high compliment indeed. The wall street journalthe definitive biography of herbert hoover, his presidency, his battle against the Great Depression, one of the most remarkable Americans of the twentieth century—a wholly original account that will forever change the way Americans understand the man, and their own history.

An impoverished orphan who built a fortune. He follows hoover through his iowa boyhood, his devastating years in the political wilderness, his cutthroat business career, his brilliant rescue of millions of lives during World War I and the 1927 Mississippi floods, his defeat at the hands of a ruthless Franklin Roosevelt, his misconstrued presidency, his return to grace as Truman's emissary to help European refugees after World War II, and his final vindication in the days of Kennedy's "New Frontier.

Ultimately, whyte brings to light hoover’s complexities and contradictions—his modesty and ambition, his ruthlessness and extreme generosity—as well as his profound political legacy. Hoover: an extraordinary life in extraordinary times is the epic, or perhaps any, poignant story of the deprived boy who, made himself the most accomplished figure in the land, and who experienced a range of achievements and failures unmatched by any American of his, through force of will, era.

Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times - Yet however astonishing, his accomplishments are often eclipsed by the perception that Hoover was inept and heartless in the face of the Great Depression. Now, kenneth whyte vividly recreates Hoover’s rich and dramatic life in all its complex glory. A president elected in a landslide and then resoundingly defeated four years later.

Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life

Viking - Named a best book of the year by the washington post and npr“we come to see in fdr the magisterial,  boston globe“Meticulously researched and authoritative” —Douglas Brinkley, central figure in the greatest and richest political tapestry of our nation’s entire history” —Nigel Hamilton,  The Washington Post“A workmanlike addition to the literature on Roosevelt.

David nasaw, and deal maker in an era of such great national divisiveness,  the new york times“dallek offers an fdr relevant to our sharply divided nation” —Michael Kazin“Will rank among the standard biographies of its subject” —Publishers WeeklyA one-volume biography of Roosevelt by the #1 New York Times bestselling biographer of JFK, focusing on his career as an incomparable politician, uniter, there could be no more timely biography of one of our greatest presidents than one that focuses on his unparalleled political ability as a uniter and consensus maker.

Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life - Roosevelt: a political life takes a fresh look at the many compelling questions that have attracted all his biographers: how did a man who came from so privileged a background become the greatest presidential champion of the country’s needy? How did someone who never won recognition for his intellect foster revolutionary changes in the country’s economic and social institutions? How did Roosevelt work such a profound change in the country’s foreign relations?   For FDR, and by the time he became president, politics was a far more interesting and fulfilling pursuit than the management of family fortunes or the indulgence of personal pleasure, he had commanded the love and affection of millions of people.

First, unlike any other president, he understood that effectiveness in the American political system depended on building a national consensus and commanding stable long-term popular support. While all roosevelt’s biographers agree that the onset of polio at the age of thirty-nine endowed him with a much greater sense of humanity, initiate landmark reforms that changed the American industrial system, Dallek sees the affliction as an insufficient explanation for his transformation into a masterful politician who would win an unprecedented four presidential terms, and transform an isolationist country into an international superpower.

Dallek attributes FDR’s success to two remarkable political insights.


Penguin Press - Grant's life has typically been misunderstood. The #1 new York Times bestseller. Named one of the 10 best books of 2017 by The New York Times Book Review. Pulitzer prize winner ron chernow returns with a sweeping and dramatic portrait of one of our most compelling generals and presidents, Ulysses S. Ulysses S.

But these stereotypes don't come close to capturing him, as Chernow shows in his masterful biography, the first to provide a complete understanding of the general and president whose fortunes rose and fell with dizzying speed and frequency. Before the Civil War, Grant was flailing. With lucidity, and meticulousness, chernow finds the threads that bind these disparate stories together, breadth, shedding new light on the man whom Walt Whitman described as “nothing heroic.

Grant - . And yet the greatest hero. Chernow’s probing portrait of Grant's lifelong struggle with alcoholism transforms our understanding of the man at the deepest level. All too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and an inept businessman, or as the triumphant but brutal Union general of the Civil War. His business ventures had ended dismally, and despite distinguished service in the Mexican War he ended up resigning from the army in disgrace amid recurring accusations of drunkenness.

Grant’s military fame translated into a two-term presidency, but one plagued by corruption scandals involving his closest staff members.

The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and a Nation's Call to Greatness

Da Capo Press - From the new york times bestselling author, fragile nation into a powerful empirein this compelling biography, the larger than life story of America's fifth president, award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger reveals the epic story of James Monroe 1758-1831-the last of America's Founding Fathers-who transformed a small, who transformed a small, fragile nation beset by enemies into a powerful empire stretching "from sea to shining sea.

Like david mccullough's john adams and jon meacham's American Lion, The Last Founding Father is both a superb read and stellar scholarship-action-filled history in the grand tradition.