Charles N. Edel, a professor at the US Naval War College, demonstrates why John Quincy Adams (1767-1848) remains one of the most fascinating figures in US history. Although interpreting Adams's political actions through the lens of nationalism is not unusual, Edel's biography manages to provide a fresh look at Adams as secretary of state (1817-1825), president (1825- 1829), and Massachusetts representative in the US Congress (1831-1848).
Mayo-Bobee, Dinah. 2016. Book Review of Nation Builder: John Quincy Adams and the Grand Strategy of the Republic by Charles N. Edel. Historical Journal of Massachusetts. Vol.44(1). 176. http://www.wsc.mass.edu/mhj/ ISSN: 0276-8313