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American Phoenix: John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812, and the Exile that Saved American Independence Hardcover – May 6, 2013
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The part about this book that really bogged me down however, was the writing style. Cook seems to be emulating the flowery diction of the 19th century. I felt like I should play a drinking game every time she used the word "recreate".
The author also put in a lot of unnecessary wondering. "Perhaps Louis was wearing.... She might have been thinking... She was probably familiar with...." Those aren't direct quotes, but rather indications of the general gist of how the book goes.
There are a lot of history books that I love and then pass on to my father in law. This book isn't one of them. Mainly because of the flowery style, but also because I kept wishing the author would get to the point.
But on the plus side, I 100% believe the author knows her stuff. Kudos to Jane Hampton Cook for the tremendous amount of research she put into this book.
P.S. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review.
I was certainly enthralled in the story and did learn a lot about John Quincy Adams and his wife Louisa. I can't compliment Cook enough for compiling all these details and making such an interesting and exciting book.
The drawback, unfortunately, is squarely placed in Cook's lap, mainly her rather amateurish writing style. More specifically her bad habit of making modern comparisons in the middle of a book covering events in the 19th Century as well as her really terrible practice of using literary comparisons. These descriptive comparisons appear to be more at home in an elementary school writing assignment than a serious history. Some good editor was required to remove these ridiculous, obtrusive, literary foibles.
I would recommend this book, and give it 3 out of 5 Stars.
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Felt like I was wading through a lot of feelings rather than a good story.Published 2 months ago by Larry
Not so much a book about JQAdams as about the trials and tribulations of poor, poor, lonely, neglected, heartbroken, put-upon, etc., etc, etc., little lost Louisa. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gregory J Harmon
It was okay...a little disjointed in places but loved the history of it.Published 11 months ago by Linda M. Mitchell
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A slow read at first but a wonderful glimpse into our history. It covers areas and issues we forget were a part of the world happenings at that time. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
Interesting, definitely, but doesn't read like a novel, which it isn't. Lots of word pictures of what life was like for these people I had assumed were very privileged and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sue A Cummins