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The Resource The problem of democracy : the Presidents Adams confront the cult of personality, Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein

The problem of democracy : the Presidents Adams confront the cult of personality, Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein

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The problem of democracy : the Presidents Adams confront the cult of personality
Title
The problem of democracy
Title remainder
the Presidents Adams confront the cult of personality
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Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein
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Language
eng
Summary
"John and John Quincy Adams: rogue intellectuals, unsparing truth tellers, too uncensored for their own political good. They held that political participation demanded moral courage. They did not seek popularity (and it showed). They lamented the fact that hero worship in America substituted idolatry for results, and they made it clear that they were talking about Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson. John and John Quincy Adams, the second and sixth presidents, father and son, were brilliant, accomplished men who were disparaged throughout their careers. But this book does considerably more than encompass two essential political lives: it takes the temperature of American democracy from its heated origins through multiple storm events, providing major lessons about the excesses of campaign rhetoric that apply all too obviously to our century. It is a fact that the United States, as originally constituted, was not (nor was even meant to be) a democracy. How we got from there to today's unchallengeable notion of democracy as something real and inviolable is best explained by looking at what the Adamses had to say about the dangers of political deception. By the time John Adams succeeded George Washington as president, his son had already followed him into public service and was stationed in Europe as a diplomat. Though they spent many years apart--and as their careers spanned Europe, Washington, D.C., and their family home south of Boston--they maintained a close bond through extensive correspondence in which they debated history, political philosophy, and partisan maneuvering. The problem of democracy is an urgent problem. The father-and-son presidents grasped the perilous psychology of politics and forecast what future generations would have to contend with: citizens wanting heroes to worship, and covetous elites more than willing to mislead. Rejection at the polls, which each suffered after one term, does not prove that the presidents Adams had erroneous ideas. Intellectually, they were what we today call independents, reluctant to commit blindly to an organized political party. No other historian has attempted to dissect their intertwined lives as Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein do in these pages, and there is no better time than the present to learn from the American nation's most insightful malcontents."--Dust jacket
Biography type
collective biography
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Isenberg, Nancy,
Dewey number
  • 973.4/40922
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E322
LC item number
.I74 2019
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Burstein, Andrew,
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  • Adams, John
  • Adams, John Quincy
  • Presidents
  • United States
  • United States
  • Democracy
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The problem of democracy : the Presidents Adams confront the cult of personality, Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 513-523) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Progenitor. Exemplars ; Wanderers ; Envoys ; Exiles ; Instigators ; Extorters ; Intellects -- Part II: Inheritor. Second president ; Party irregulars ; Shape-shifters ; Distant companions ; Sixth president ; Surviving son ; Standard-bearer
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxix, 543 pages
Isbn
9780525557500
Lccn
2018039232
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • on1046107681
  • (OCoLC)1046107681
  • 2515320
Label
The problem of democracy : the Presidents Adams confront the cult of personality, Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 513-523) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part I: Progenitor. Exemplars ; Wanderers ; Envoys ; Exiles ; Instigators ; Extorters ; Intellects -- Part II: Inheritor. Second president ; Party irregulars ; Shape-shifters ; Distant companions ; Sixth president ; Surviving son ; Standard-bearer
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxix, 543 pages
Isbn
9780525557500
Lccn
2018039232
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1046107681
  • (OCoLC)1046107681
  • 2515320

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