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John Adams: The American Presidents Series: The 2nd President, 1797-1801

John Adams: The American Presidents Series: The 2nd President, 1797-1801

(Book #2 in the American Presidents series)

$34.00

Book Overview: John Adams: The American Presidents Series: The 2nd President, 1797-1801

Until recently rescued by David McCullough, John Adams has always been overshadowed by Washington and Jefferson. Volatile, impulsive, irritable, and self-pitying, Adams seemed temperamentally unsuited for the presidency. Yet in many ways he was the perfect successor to Washington in terms of ability, experience, and popularity.

Possessed of a far-ranging intelligence, Adams took office amid the birth of the government and multiple crises. As well as maintaining neutrality and regaining peace, his administration created the Department of the Navy, put the army on a surer footing, and left a solvent treasury. One of his shrewdest acts was surely the appointment of moderate Federalist John Marshall as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Though he was a Federalist, Adams sought to work outside the still-forming party system. In the end, this would be his greatest failing and most useful lesson to later leaders.

A revealing look at the true beginning of American politics

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"A publishing milestone . . . Schlesinger, a master craftsman, is imposing his high standards on these books. Hail to the chief. It's a wonderful series."

John Patrick Diggins was a distinguished American historian and intellectual, celebrated for his contributions to the social and political history of the United States. Born in San Francisco in 1935, Diggins earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and went on to become a prolific writer and respected academic. His profound research and teaching career spanned over four decades, notably serving as Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Diggins' works focus on American intellectual and political history, primarily exploring the overlap of politics, philosophy, and ideas in American life. He authored numerous books such as "The Lost Soul of American Politics" and "Max Weber: Politics and the Spirit of Tragedy," reflecting his deep understanding of American identity, democracy, and historical figures. Known for his critical analyses and thought-provoking insights, Diggins' contributions to modern historical literature were immense. His dedication to exploring the layers of American history, combined with his gift for storytelling, resulted in a legacy of academic excellence. Diggins passed away in 2009, but his influential works continue to shape contemporary historical perspectives.

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