John Quincy and Louisa Adams,
The War of 1812 and the exile that
Saved American Independence
Jane Hampton Cook ©2013
Thomas Nelson Publisher
450 pp. with notes, bibliography, index (Hdbk.)
John Q. Adams spent five years as American Ambassador to Russia. While there, he and Louisa kept detailed journals and letters. Jane Hampton Cook presents the Adams’s life as engagingly as a best-selling novel.
America defeated Great Britain in the Revolutionary War of 1776, but Britain never acquiesced until John Q. Adams helped write a treaty of peace following the War of 1812. During all those years, thousands of American sailors were kidnapped and forced to work on British ships. Britain also convinced other nations to prevent or hinder American sea trade.
John and Louisa developed a strong relationship with Russia’s Czar Alexander. Along with John Q.’s skill at diplomacy, Alexander gave legitimacy to American shipping rights. This helped the young American economy and the country grew in influence and strength.
Louisa’s years in Russia and her eventual flight to France, were often times of sorrow and hardship. Nevertheless, she charmed Russian nobility and added to John Q.’s success. American Phoenix is history for even non-history lovers.