American Phoenix: John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812, and the Exile that Saved American Independence

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9781595555410: American Phoenix: John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812, and the Exile that Saved American Independence

John Quincy and Louisa Adams’s unexpected journey that changed everything.

American Phoenix is the sweeping, riveting tale of a grand historic adventure across forbidding oceans and frozen tundra―from the bustling ports and towering birches of Boston to the remote reaches of pre-Soviet Russia, from an exile in arctic St. Petersburg to resurrection and reunion among the gardens of Paris. Upon these varied landscapes this Adams and his Eve must find a way to transform their banishment into America’s salvation.

Author, historian, and national media commentator Jane Hampton Cook breathes life into once-obscure history, weaving a meticulously researched biographical tapestry that reads like a gripping novel. With the arc and intrigue of Shakespearean drama in a Jane Austen era, American Phoenix is a timely yet timeless addition to the recent renaissance of works on the founding Adams family, from patriarchs John and Abigail to the second-generation of John Quincy and Louisa and beyond.

Cook has crafted not only a riveting narrative but also an easy-to-understand history filled with fly-on-the-wall vignettes from 1812 and its hardscrabble, freedom-hungry people. While unveiling vivid portrayals of each character―a colorful assortment of heroes and villains, patriots and pirates, rogues and rabble-rousers―she paints equally fresh, intimate portraits of both John Quincy and Louisa Adams. Cook artfully reveals John Quincy’s devastation after losing the job of his dreams, battle for America’s need to thrive economically, and sojourn to secure his homeland’s survival as a sovereign nation. She reserves her most detailed brushstrokes for the inner struggles of Louisa, using this quietly inspirational woman’s own words to amplify her fears, faith, and fortitude along a deeply personal, often heart-rending journey. Cook’s close-up perspective shows how this American couple’s Russian destination changed US destiny.

 

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About the Author :

Jane Hampton Cook is the coauthor of Stories of Faith & Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan and author of Stories of Faith & Courage from the Revolutionary War and The Faith of America’s First Ladies. She and her husband, Dr. John Kim Cook, are the parents of two boys.

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In a marriage that lasted more than 50 years, John Quincy and Louisa Adams shared a life as full and eventful as John Quincy’s more celebrated parents, John and Abigail Adams. Here, Cook concentrates on a critical phase of their personal lives as well as an important formative period in the history of the young American republic. In 1809, John Quincy was appointed first minister to the Russian court. Distance and the severe climate meant it wasn’t a plum assignment, but it became an increasingly important one. Louisa, not blessed with good health, found their stay especially difficult; her two young sons were left at home, and she endured the sorrow of the death of an infant daughter. Yet Cook utilizes the letters and diaries of the Adamses to indicate that she was a great asset, using her social graces to compensate for John’s blunt, gruff manner. She also traversed a war-torn continent in an effort to rejoin John in Paris. Historians may question Cook’s assertion that the diplomatic efforts of the Adamses saved American independence, but this is an informative, easily digestible glimpse at a successful political partnership. --Jay Freeman

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