John Quincy Adams

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Harlow Giles Unger

Narrated By: Johnny Heller

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: September 2012

Duration: 9 hours 44 minutes


He fought for Washington, served with Lincoln, witnessed Bunker Hill, and sounded the clarion against slavery on the eve of the Civil War. He negotiated an end to the War of 1812, engineered the annexation of Florida, and won the Supreme Court decision that freed the African captives of La Amistad. He served his nation as minister to six countries, secretary of state, senator, congressman, and president.

John Quincy Adams was all of these things and more. In this masterful biography, award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger reveals Adams as a towering figure in the nation's formative years and one of the most courageous figures in American history-which is why he ranked first in John F. Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage.

A magisterial biography and a sweeping panorama of American history from the Washington to Lincoln eras, Unger's John Quincy Adams follows one of America's most important yet least known figures.

"[Unger] eloquently details the diplomatic headaches caused by both the infamous XYZ Affair and ever-changing Gallic governments. Spare prose clarifies the overview of political complications and intricate family dynamics, revealing Adams as a historically overlooked yet key transitional figure who witnessed the birth of the nation and endured its nearly irreparable geographic squabbles of the 1840s."-Publishers Weekly


  • Deanna Adair

    If you love early American history, you will certainly want to listen to this audiobook about John Quincy Adams, the son of our second President, John Adams and Abigail Adams. John Quincy was one of the greatest statesman our country has ever produced and became the sixth President of the United States. He was a man of great courage and lived the ideals that were ingrained in him by his parents and other Founding Fathers such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. He was an outspoken critic of slavery in the United States and fought against it until the end of his life against great odds. I have either read or listened to several other books about John Adams and Abigail Adams and this book, which is based on over 60 years of entries from John Quincy's personal diary, both affirm and enhance what I already knew about the Adams family and their influence on our early history. It is definitely a must read!!

John Quincy Adams

by Harlow Giles Unger

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