By Jane Hampton Cook
John Quincy and Louisa Adams’s unforeseen trip that modified every thing.
American Phoenix is the sweeping, riveting story of a grand old experience throughout forbidding oceans and frozen tundra—from the bustling ports and towering birches of Boston to the distant reaches of pre-Soviet Russia, from an exile in arctic St. Petersburg to resurrection and reunion one of the gardens of Paris. Upon those assorted landscapes this Adams and his Eve needs to give you the option to remodel their banishment into America’s salvation.
Author, historian, and nationwide media commentator Jane Hampton prepare dinner breathes lifestyles into once-obscure heritage, weaving a meticulously researched biographical tapestry that reads like a gripping novel. With the arc and intrigue of Shakespearean drama in a Jane Austen period, American Phoenix is a well timed but undying addition to the new renaissance of works at the founding Adams relations, from patriarchs John and Abigail to the second-generation of John Quincy and Louisa and past.
Cook has crafted not just a riveting narrative but additionally an easy-to-understand historical past jam-packed with fly-on-the-wall vignettes from 1812 and its hardscrabble, freedom-hungry humans. whereas unveiling vibrant portrayals of every character—a colourful collection of heroes and villains, patriots and pirates, rogues and rabble-rousers—she paints both clean, intimate pictures of either John Quincy and Louisa Adams. prepare dinner artfully finds John Quincy’s devastation after wasting the activity of his desires, conflict for America’s have to thrive economically, and sojourn to safe his homeland’s survival as a sovereign kingdom. She reserves her so much special brushstrokes for the internal struggles of Louisa, utilizing this quietly inspirational woman’s personal phrases to enlarge her fears, religion, and fortitude alongside a deeply own, usually heart-rending trip. Cook’s close-up viewpoint indicates how this American couple’s Russian vacation spot replaced US destiny.
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