Cooper, William J

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

With several recent comprehensive biographies of Adams already available, Cooper's monograph is not exceptionally groundbreaking. However, it will be of importance to readers interested in the rise of American political parties, the national expansion and political reforms of the early 19th century, and the emerging sectional discord between North and South.

We Have the War Upon Us: The Onset of the Civil War, November 1860–1861

While this is not a page-turner, it is good history. Recommended, especially for those interested in politics and history. ["This will appeal to Confederate apologists although many of them may be uncomfortable with the way Cooper makes slavery the prominent issue," read the review of the Knopf hc, LJ 10/1/12.—Ed.]

We Have the War Upon Us: The Onset of the Civil War, November 1860-April 1861

Most pro-Confederate books downplay the role of slavery in the conflict. Cooper calls slavery a moral wrong, while making it the central issue. Objective historians may want to read this book, but they are likely to find that Cooper's argument uses flawed logic.

Capturing the Essence

Cooper, a seasoned professional artist, offers here a concise yet complete discussion of all aspects of drawing and painting birds...

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