Louisa

The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams

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Publisher Description

From the author of Mind and Matter, an intimate portrait of Louisa Catherine Adams, the wife of John Quincy Adams, who witnessed firsthand the greatest transformations of her time  
 
Born in London to an American father and a British mother on the eve of the Revolutionary War, Louisa Catherine Johnson was raised in circumstances very different from the New England upbringing of the future president John Quincy Adams, whose life had been dedicated to public service from the earliest age. And yet John Quincy fell in love with her, almost despite himself. Their often tempestuous but deeply close marriage lasted half a century. 

They lived in Prussia, Massachusetts, Washington, Russia, and England, at royal courts, on farms, in cities, and in the White House. Louisa saw more of Europe and America than nearly any other woman of her time. But wherever she lived, she was always pressing her nose against the glass, not quite sure whether she was looking in or out. The other members of the Adams family could take their identity for granted—they were Adamses; they were Americans—but she had to invent her own. The story of Louisa Catherine Adams is one of a woman who forged a sense of self. As the country her husband led found its place in the world, she found a voice. That voice resonates still. 

In this deeply felt biography, the talented journalist and historian Louisa Thomas finally gives Louisa Catherine Adams's full extraordinary life its due. An intimate portrait of a remarkable woman, a complicated marriage, and a pivotal historical moment, Louisa Thomas's biography is a masterful work from an elegant storyteller.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2016
April 5
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
512
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
2.5
MB

Customer Reviews

Coto jeff ,

A splendid read

While most of what I had read about this great lady was through biographies of her famous in laws and husband, this biography finally gives a clear picture of who she was, just how strong she was and her overall importance. Often described as a frail, sickly and quiet woman, in reality, she was everything but. Like his father before him, John Quincy would have never been president without his wife, Louisa, standing at his side. This book gives a fuller understanding of Louisa’s husband that is often missed. Anyone who thinks women are the weaker sex will have their minds changed after reading this book.

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