John Quincy Adams

8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9½ hrs. Blackstone Audio. 2012. ISBN 9781470819019. $105; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; Playaway digital; digital download. BIOG/HIST
OrangeReviewStarThis biography of sixth U.S. president John Quincy Adams offers a unique perspective on American history. Adams's life bridges the birth of the country to the seeds of the Civil War's controversies over slavery and states' rights. Unger has written several biographies of Founding Fathers and his easy familiarity with that period in American history provides a solid background for this work. Adams, the only president to later serve in Congress, had strong ideals and principles. This versatile statesman (foreign minister, Secretary of State, Congressman, Senator, and President), contributed much to the formation of the United States, and Unger gives him his due. Johnny Heller's energetic and enthusiastic reading transmits Adams's personal concerns and passions. Recommended for American history buffs, particularly those who enjoyed David McCullough's book on the subject's father. ["Although there are other books on John Quincy Adams, American history and political history buffs will find this stirring work irresistible," read the review of the Da Capo hc, LJ 9/1/12.—Ed.]—Cheryl Youse, Colquitt Cty. H.S., Moultrie, GA

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