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I found his personal life young adulthood to be super interesting But I kinda lost focus towards the second half of the book. @Download Book ó Nation Builder: John Quincy Adams and the Grand Strategy of the Republic õ America goes not abroad, in search of monsters to destroy John Quincy Adams s famous words are often quoted to justify noninterference in other nations affairs Yet when he spoke them, Adams was not advocating neutrality or passivity but rather outlining a national policy that balanced democratic idealism with a pragmatic understanding of the young republic s capabilities and limitations America s rise from a confederation of revolutionary colonies to a world power is often treated as inevitable, but Charles N Edel s provocative biography of Adams argues that he served as the central architect of a grand strategy that shaped America s rise Adams s particular combination of ideas and policies made him a critical link between the founding generation and the Civil War era nation of LincolnExamining Adams s service as senator, diplomat, secretary of state, president, and congressman, Edel s study of this extraordinary figure reveals a brilliant but stubborn man who was both visionary prophet and hard nosed politician Adams s ambitions on behalf of America s interests, combined with a shrewd understanding of how to counter the threats arrayed against them, allowed him to craft a multitiered policy to insulate the nation from European quarrels, expand US territory, harness natural resources, develop domestic infrastructure, education, and commerce, and transform the United States into a model of progress and liberty respected throughout the worldWhile Adams did not live to see all of his strategy fulfilled, his vision shaped the nation s agenda for decades afterward and continues to resonate as America pursues its place in the twenty first century world I d give it 1.5 stars As an biography it hits it s marks with interesting insights not found in general history books As a discussion of grand strategy it misses the mark.The pieces are there but Edel loses the policy discussion halfway through the book. Charles Edel bring a singular passion and focus to this project John Quincy Adams was a politician who did not hide being an intellectual He was also arguably the most cosmopolitan American of his generation, having traveled widely throughout Europe in his teens and twenties This perspective, coupled with fearsome intelligence, made him uniquely qualified to serve as Secretary of State In an era when America s standing in the world is increasingly under threat, Edel a master researcher an Charles Edel bring a singular passion and focus to this project John Quincy Adams was a politician who did not hide being an intellectual He was also arguably the most cosmopolitan American of his generation, having traveled widely throughout Europe in his teens and twenties This perspective, coupled with fearsome intelligence, made him uniquely qualified to serve as Secretary of State In an era when America s standing in the world is increasingly under threat, Edel a master researcher and storyteller provides a much needed reexamination of our roots as a nation, when we were an emerging rather than dominant power What should be the organizing principle of U.S foreign policy today Should it be President Obama s don t do stupid shit , a return to President Bush s doctrine of preemption, or something else I don t know the answer, but I welcome Professor Edel s contribution to today s debate through his study of JQA s life and the organizing principles that underpinned his grand strategy for the United States Through Professor Edel s lens, I now appreciate how JQA s foreign policy vision was inextricab What should be the organizing principle of U.S foreign policy today Should it be President Obama s don t do stupid shit , a return to President Bush s doctrine of preemption, or something else I don t know the answer, but I welcome Professor Edel s contribution to today s debate through his study of JQA s life and the organizing principles that underpinned his grand strategy for the United States Through Professor Edel s lens, I now appreciate how JQA s foreign policy vision was inextricably linked to his vision for furthering the growth of the United States through domestic peace and productivity Edel, p.301 That the potential power of the U.S rests upon the smart, nurturing and harnessing of the country s domestic resources is a concept that should resonate loudly today as it did for JQA nearly two hundred years ago Cleary, 2014 is not 1821 and our domestic peace and productivity is interwoven with the actions of foreign countries and transnational actors terrorism and economic growth trade come to mind in ways that JQA couldn t have possibly imagined But Professor Edel makes a compelling case for the enduring legacy and relevance of JQA s ideas for our current era I highly recommend this book for those interested in the country s past, but also those who are struggling to make sense of the current times This elegant book depicts the complete life of our sixth president From upbringing to diplomat to politician, Adams had an extraordinary life that has made a lasting impression on US foreign policy and American politics Edel navigates the biography with thoughtful and thorough research balanced with a literary approach Understanding Adams as a melancholy, astute, stubborn man allows us to see him not just as a figure head or historical figure but as a real and sympathetic human Edel looks at This elegant book depicts the complete life of our sixth president From upbringing to diplomat to politician, Adams had an extraordinary life that has made a lasting impression on US foreign policy and American politics Edel navigates the biography with thoughtful and thorough research balanced with a literary approach Understanding Adams as a melancholy, astute, stubborn man allows us to see him not just as a figure head or historical figure but as a real and sympathetic human Edel looks at an expert statesman and gives him humanity and depth by exploring him through the lens of his family, his historical and political context, and the legacy he both hoped to achieve and what he did in actuality A brilliant biography and a must read for any burgeoning politicians or diplomats, not to mention anyone who seeks to understand the history of not only this man but he nation as a whole hence the title of Nation Builder, I get it A well written book that truly stands alone as a comprehensive biography of John Quincy Adams This is a good book Its not neccesarily a breezy read its still scholarly and not neccesarily for the layperson But Edel s thesis is that John Quincy Adams had a strategy for how to make the United States into a great polity, and that strategy eventually succeeded A good biography, that understands Adams greatness in his moment.