Phyllis Lee Levin is the author of several books including Abigail Adams
and Edith and Woodrow
. She has been a reporter, editor, and columnist for The New York Times
and lives in Manhattan.
A patriot by birth, John Quincy Adams’s destiny was foreordained. He was not only “The Greatest Traveler of His Age,” but his country’s most gifted linguist and most experienced diplomat. John Quincy’s world encompassed the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the early and late Napoleonic Age. As his diplomat father’s adolescent clerk and secretary, he met everyone who was anyone in Europe, including America’s own luminaries Franklin and Jefferson. All this made coming back to America a great challenge. But though he was determined to make his own career he was soon embarked, at Washington’s appointment, on his phenomenal work aboard, as well as on a deeply troubled though loving and enduring marriage. But through all the emotional turmoil, he dedicated his life to serving his country. At 50, he returned to America to serve as Secretary of State to President Monroe. He was inaugurated President in 1824, after which he served as a stirring defender of the slaves of the Amistad rebellion and as a member of the House of Representatives from 1831 until his death in 1848. Deeply researched and beautifully written, this is the definitive biography of one of the most fascinating and towering early Americans.
Praise for ABIGAIL ADAMS
“After 200 years, thanks to Ms. Levin, Abigail Adams can speak her mind to what will surely be a large audience.” —The New York Times
“A compelling book… a close and believable portrait of the woman within." —The Washington Post
Praise for EDITH AND WOODROW
"I am particularly taken with Phyllis Lee Levin's Edith and Woodrow. It is a brilliantly written, scrupulously researched reassessment of the role Edith Bolling Wilson played in the waning years of the Wilson presidency." —Errol Morris, The New York Times
"An extraordinary achievement." —Gaddis Smith, professor emeritus, Yale University, and author of The Last Years of the Monroe Doctrine
A compelling look at our sixth president, the first biography to look closely at JQ’s international life and at his complicated and troubled marriage