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John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, A Private Life” by Paul Nagel was published in 1997 and represents the first significant biography of JQA following Marie Hecht’s 1972 biography. Nagel’s biography was also the first to draw upon his complete (and voluminous) diary. Nagel, who died in 2011, was an author and historian, and spent time as a professor at the University of Georgia and University of Kentucky.

Nagel’s “John Quincy Adams” is unique among the three dozen presidential biographies I’ve read thus far as it was principally written from the perspective of John Quincy himself (perhaps more accurately, someone closely shadowing him and reading his thoughts).  Using Adams’s diary as inspiration, and invaluable eyewitness testimony, Nagel paints a portrait which shows Adams as…

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