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John Adams - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0805069372

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ISBN13: 978-0805069372
ISBN10: 0805069372
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Published: 2003
International: No

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John Adams - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0805069372

John Patrick Diggins

ISBN13: 978-0805069372
ISBN10: 0805069372
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

A revealing look at the true beginning of American politics

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.

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