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The Resource John Adams, John Patrick Diggins

John Adams, John Patrick Diggins

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John Adams
Title
John Adams
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John Patrick Diggins
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Language
eng
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A brief life of the post-revolutionary president who liked nothing better than to be left alone.And isolation, comments Diggins (History/CUNY), "while healthy for poetry or philosophy, is fatal in the sphere of politics." Laboring in the daunting shadow of David McCullough's massive, literate biography (John Adams, 2001), Diggins (On Hallowed Ground, 2000, etc.) acquits himself well in the shorter format of the American President series. Like McCullough, he spends time considering Adams in the light of political alter ego Thomas Jefferson, who lived as an aristocrat while speaking as a radical yet unfairly accused his sober-minded, eminently democratic opponent of being a Caesar in the making. Indeed, writes Diggins, when he defeated Adams in the 1800 presidential race, Jefferson even claimed that "he saved America from aristocracy and monarchy"—little realizing, the author adds, "that his utter dependence on party politics represented a defeat of his own ideals." Not that Adams's own ideals were left intact in the hubbub of sectarian fighting and character assassination that marked the earliest days of the republic. As Diggins notes, Adams's questionable record in office helps us "understand American history for what it really is: a study . . . of emerging interest-driven, factional blocs struggling for dominance within a political culture of consensus." In this struggle, the author claims Adams as the prototypical American liberal, whose championing of a strong executive branch, judiciary, and federal military force allowed the central state to take root and grow. Without that state, Diggins argues, no progressive cause since could have been realized. "Ironically," he observes on, "the egalitarian ideals Jefferson espoused would be realized in the very institutions he opposed."Readers of McCullough will find little new factual information here, but the solid interpretation of events will interest students of the presidency and the early republic. (Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2003)
Biography type
individual biography
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266954
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DLC
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Diggins, John P
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illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Series statement
American presidents series
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  • Adams, John
  • Presidents
  • United States
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John Adams, John Patrick Diggins
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
452373
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xx, 200 pages
Isbn
9780805069372
Lccn
2002041392
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780805069372
  • (Sirsi) ADJ-5039
  • IG$ 2002041392
Label
John Adams, John Patrick Diggins
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
452373
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xx, 200 pages
Isbn
9780805069372
Lccn
2002041392
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780805069372
  • (Sirsi) ADJ-5039
  • IG$ 2002041392

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