America's First Dynasty

America's First Dynasty

The Adamses, 1735-1918

Book - 2002
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Richard Brookhiser has won a wide and loyal following for his stylish, pointed, and elegant biographies of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. In "America's First Dynasty," Brookhiser tells the story of America's longest and still greatest dynasty -- the Adamses, the only family in our history to play a leading role in American affairs for nearly two centuries. From John, the self-made, tough-minded lawyer who rose to the highest office in the government he helped create; to John Quincy, the child prodigy who grew up amid foreign royalty, followed his father to the White House, and later reinvented himself as a champion of liberty in Congress; to politician and writer Charles Francis, the only well-balanced Adams; to Henry, brilliant scholar and journalist -- the Adamses achieved longer-lasting greatness than any other American family.

Brookhiser's canvass starts in colonial America, when John Adams had to teach himself the law and ride on horseback for miles to find clients. It does not end until after the "Titanic" sinks -- Henry had booked a room but changed his plans -- and World War I begins, with Henry near the action

Publisher: New York : Free Press, c2002
ISBN: 9780684868813
0684868814
Branch Call Number: E322.1 .B76 2002
Characteristics: 244 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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