American Phoenix: John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812, and the Exile That Saved American Independence  -     By: Jane Hampton Cook
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From "honorable exile" to sixth president of the United States, John Quincy Adams's life was filled with challenges, threats, joys, triumphs---and a powerful faith. Revealing the untold story of his nomination as top U.S. envoy to Russia, this extensively researched chronicle traces his journey from Boston through extreme storms, political intrigue, two wars, and more. 496 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

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Number of Pages: 320
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Publication Date: 2013
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John Quincy and Louisa Adams’s unexpected journey that changed everything.

American Phoenix is the sweeping, riveting tale of a grand historic adventure across forbidding oceans and frozen tundra—from the bustling ports and towering birches of Boston to the remote reaches of pre-Soviet Russia, from an exile in arctic St. Petersburg to resurrection and reunion among the gardens of Paris. Upon these varied landscapes this Adams and his Eve must find a way to transform their banishment into America’s salvation.

Author, historian, and national media commentator Jane Hampton Cook breathes life into once-obscure history, weaving a meticulously researched biographical tapestry that reads like a gripping novel. With the arc and intrigue of Shakespearean drama in a Jane Austen era, American Phoenix is a timely yet timeless addition to the recent renaissance of works on the founding Adams family, from patriarchs John and Abigail to the second-generation of John Quincy and Louisa and beyond.

Cook has crafted not only a riveting narrative but also an easy-to-understand history filled with fly-on-the-wall vignettes from 1812 and its hardscrabble, freedom-hungry people. While unveiling vivid portrayals of each character—a colorful assortment of heroes and villains, patriots and pirates, rogues and rabble-rousers—she paints equally fresh, intimate portraits of both John Quincy and Louisa Adams. Cook artfully reveals John Quincy’s devastation after losing the job of his dreams, battle for America’s need to thrive economically, and sojourn to secure his homeland’s survival as a sovereign nation. She reserves her most detailed brushstrokes for the inner struggles of Louisa, using this quietly inspirational woman’s own words to amplify her fears, faith, and fortitude along a deeply personal, often heart-rending journey. Cook’s close-up perspective shows how this American couple’s Russian destination changed US destiny.

 

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  1. Age: 25-34
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    August 14, 2013
    Leung
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is a fascinating work on the American Revolution. It is told as a tale of English leaders--political (George III, Lord North, Lord Germain, the Earl of Sandwich), army (Generals Howe, Burgoyne, Clinton, and Cornwallis), and navy (Admirals Howe and Rodney) One narrative of the success of the Revolutionary War is poor leadership by the British. This book, though, contends that many of the leaders were actually very good. Leadership was not, in fact the reason for the American victory.
  2. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
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    History, Russia, World Politics & One Couple's Mar
    August 3, 2013
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Jane Hampton Cook in her new book "American Phoenix" published by Thomas Nelson gives us the story of John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812, and the Exile that Saved American Independence

    From the back cover: John Quincy and Louisa Adams's unexpected journey that changed everything.

    "American Phoenix" is the sweeping, riveting tale of a grand historic adventure across forbidding oceans and frozen tundra-from the bustling ports and towering birches of Boston to the remote reaches of pre-Soviet Russia, from an exile in arctic St. Petersburg to resurrection and reunion among the gardens of Paris. Upon these varied landscapes this Adams and his Eve must find a way to transform their banishment into America's salvation.

    Author, historian, and national media commentator Jane Hampton Cook breathes life into once-obscure history, weaving a meticulously researched biographical tapestry that reads like a gripping novel. With the arc and intrigue of Shakespearean drama in a Jane Austen era, "American Phoenix" is a timely yet timeless addition to the recent renaissance of works on the founding Adams family, from patriarchs John and Abigail to the second-generation of John Quincy and Louisa and beyond.

    Cook has crafted not only a riveting narrative but also an easy-to-understand history filled with fly-on-the-wall vignettes from 1812 and its hardscrabble, freedom-hungry people. While unveiling vivid portrayals of each character-a colorful assortment of heroes and villains, patriots and pirates, rogues and rabble-rousers-she paints equally fresh, intimate portraits of both John Quincy and Louisa Adams. Cook artfully reveals John Quincy's devastation after losing the job of his dreams, battle for America's need to thrive economically, and sojourn to secure his homeland's survival as a sovereign nation. She reserves her most detailed brushstrokes for the inner struggles of Louisa, using this quietly inspirational woman's own words to amplify her fears, faith, and fortitude along a deeply personal, often heart-rending journey. Cook's close-up perspective shows how this American couple's Russian destination changed US destiny.

    I like history so when you give me a great book with historical characters and incidents I relish my time in its pages. Jane Hampton Cook has given us a wonderful historical account of what was happening in America and the world through the story of John Quincy Adams and his wife, Louisa. John Quincy Adams was the sixth President of the United States taking office in 1824 however "American Phoenix" takes place in the period of 1815. By looking at the lives of John Quincy Adams and his wife, Louisa, Ms. Cook was able to also look at the state of the United States and its relationship with the rest of the world. America was just beginning to transform from a nation-in-name-only to an emerging world power. Adams was able to help in that transformation and also brought about the first U.S. diplomatic post in pre-Soviet Russia. All this while the couple was separated for long periods of time. "American Phoenix" is the remarkable, true story of this couple and their mark on this country and the world. This is the book to read.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program.. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  3. Gender: female
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    American Phoenix by Jane Hampton Cook
    July 1, 2013
    LeAnne
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    American Phoenix tells the amazing story of John Quincy and Louisa Adams. Who would have thought that their honorable exile in Russia would have helped save Americas independence! From their hard sea voyage there, to meeting the Royal family in Russia, and the war of 1812 this book has some exciting parts! When the book starts Louisa is on a dangerous journey through the now beginning to melt winter in Europe. With possibly deadly accidents happing along the way! It is a story of one family's sacrifices, adventure, and sense of American duty to help our country. I don't think I have ever known so much about John and Louisa Adams before. It was amazing to see into their life and how things happened back then. And there was also so much history about the things going on around them, and even how people dressed back then. I feel like I learned a lot more about other people in history through the story. But unlike a normal history book this one was more like a story. At first it did not seem as novel like as I thought it was going to be, but after I got into the story it did seem more like a novel. It was kind of like a cross between history shows like I have seen on TV and a novel. Jane Hampton Cook did a very good job of writing a true story where you could see what really happened without it reading like a normal history book. I think it was really cool that she done it in such a neat way where it was more like a novel! It was a really nice book and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes history! I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. The opinions are my own.
  4. Indiana
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 17, 2013
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Sue Duffy‘s latest book in her trilogy, "Red Returning", is titled Red Dawn Rising. This picks up where the first book, The Sound of Red Returning, left off. The story takes place between basically three venues: New York City, Charleston and Washington, D.C. This a contemporary suspense novel with short, crisp chapters that make for easy reading.

    In addition to the characters from the first book, who appear again in this storyline, there is the addition of Jordan Winslow, Cass Rodino, her mother and step-father, as well as the emergence of the Architect, who the person in charge of the entire saboteur network intent on destroying U.S. landmarks. In addition, the network is to dispose of Liesl Bower, who thwarted their plans in the first book. The saboteurs have long been in place and know what their assignments are; they are just waiting for the signal from the Architect.

    Liesl is preparing for her wedding later in the afternoon when she answers the front door. She doesn't realize she is opening the door to danger on a life-threatening scale. Her only means of escape is Evgeny Kozlov, the man who tried to kill her just a short time ago. Now, he has come to her rescue or has he? Is this just another ploy to get her to trust him so he can finally carry out his mission to kill her? What information does the young couple, Cass and Jordan, have that is a danger to her? Liesl is once again on the run, although this time she is not alone. Who has Cass's stepfather been meeting secretly with at night, but claiming he was only meeting a weird client after hours in their home?

    There are many surprises and twists in the plot that keep the reader guessing what will happen next. I liked seeing Liesl's growing spiritual development and her telling others about God. Now, Cass and her mother are beginning a return to the faith they both abandoned long ago thanks to Liesl. I hope in the third book to see Jordan and Cass speak of their newfound faith and that their budding romance will continue. This book is filled with action, suspense and spy thrilling moments. It was very entertaining and the pages flew through my fingers as I eagerly read each page. I await the final book in the series to see how people and their relationships with each other and with God mature. This is just a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a rainy day!
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