It just seemed to ramble on with little direction. Very difficult to read. Morse seemed obsessed with cheer leading Quincy's life rather than providing a time line that could be followed. It is too bad more time in history class isn't spent on JQA. This man was very influential and had an amazing life. I highly recommend this biography to anyone interested in American history. If you like to read about past presidents you will enjoy this book.
Adams was an interesting statesmens. Of all I liked learning more about him. This story is extremely educational, very personally interesting and should be required reading at every high school and university. See all 10 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on October 19, Published on May 10, There's a problem loading this menu right now.
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John Quincy Adams American Statesmen Series by John Torrey Morse Jr.
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Nov 10, Mr. John Torrey Morse, Jr. He went on to become a Harvard graduate and a Boston lawyer in After twenty some years in this profession, he started studying in writing and editing. In , Morse founded the American Statesmen Series. This collection of biographies attempted to correct what Morse saw as a misconception of public understanding between the Revolutionary period and the Civil War and portray this picture to the general public.
When Morse wrote John Quincy Adams he knew he was following two others. John Quincy Adams reads more like a history text than a historical biography. In doing so, he provides the audience with little personal interpretation or analysis. Though admiring in tone, Morse presents all information regarding John Quincy Adams and relates his good and bad qualities. The American Statesmen Series was intended for a large audience.
Morse and other authors of the series encouraged a wide range of readers with their simplistic tone and straightforward approach. Each and every topic within the American Statesmen Series was well-researched, written, and edited. For John Quincy Adams, Morse collected and read from many sources. The majority of which were books written by either Adams himself or his close acquaintances e. This biography is one of many on Adams, and therefore its contribution to historical literature is lessened.
Series: American Statesmen
Aside from being a part of the American Statesmen Series, John Quincy Adams has modest historical value considering there are bigger, more accurate, recent, and analytical narratives John Quincy Adams: Adams's unbounded indignation and profound contempt were reserved for Mr. Crawford, partly, it may be suspected by the cynically minded, because Crawford for a long time seemed to be by far the most formidable rival, but partly also because Crawford was in fact unable to resist the temptation to use ignoble means for attaining an end which he coveted too keenly for his own honor Morse, p.
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His fact-filled text comes off dreary and gives the reader a dull impression. There are no pictures to assist the reader with their tedious task, however, pictures would not have enhanced understanding or comprehension nor would it have spiked interest.
If he were to have rewritten a biography on Adams, Morse could have given personal interpretation of Adams and his years in office. The index in the back of John Quincy Adams is thick and rich with information. All details not permitted in his text are housed in the index. Though there are no author notes in the index, it does help the reading experience as it organizes names, events, and places and makes navigating the text simple.
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Morse in summing up such a lengthy and complex career in so brief a format Parsons, Morse excelled at anything, it was his ability to condense the life of John Quincy Adams into a diminutive biography. He creates a balanced volume with a necessary and suitable length while also informing the reader of all relevant information on the topic.
His condensed biography stands to this day as the official short biography of Adams. Even since its early conception, this work remains accurate and the language readable. One of the better audiobook biographies I've listened to from librivox. Series was designed to cover groups of books generally understood as such see Wikipedia: Like many concepts in the book world, "series" is a somewhat fluid and contested notion.
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