#  A Brief Biography of John Quincy Adams →

June 3rd, 2014 | In Worth Reading 

This piece from NYRB is an awesome and brief biography of one of the more interesting and controversial early presidents of the United States: John Quincy Adams. It’s a good read even if you’re not a history buff like me:

John Quincy Adams was a highly principled, hardworking, and patriotic man of great intelligence and integrity. He was complex and full of contradictions, frigid and hot-tempered, confrontational and thin-skinned, devoted to public service and egocentric. He yearned for acclaim and strove for achievement and high political office. But as Fred Kaplan demonstrates in his engaging, well-crafted, and deeply researched biography that puts particular emphasis on John Quincy’s rich life of the mind and draws extensively from his diary this supremely successful diplomat and shrewd practitioner of realpolitik had a personality quite unsuited for a life in politics.

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