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Louisa: The Extraordinary Life of Mrs. Adams

Louisa Thomas.
Item #: D11557
Format: Hardcover
Pages/Publication Date: 512 / 2016
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781594204630
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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, but they fell in love nonetheless, and their remarkable marriage lasted half a century. As the author of Conscience explains here, Louisa saw more of Europe and America than nearly any other woman of her time, but while the other members of the Adams family could take their identity for granted, she had to invent her own. In this biography, Louisa Thomas creates an intimate portrait of a remarkable woman, a complicated marriage, and a pivotal historical moment. "Louisa Thomas has written a beautiful, wise, and compelling book about a member of America's Adams clan who may just be the most interesting Adams of them all. Rigorously researched and written with grace, conviction, and insight, Louisa is a marvelous achievement by a biographer from whom we shall be hearing for decades to come. For that in general and for this book in particular we should all be grateful indeed."—Jon Meacham

"For a long time I have been waiting for a biographer with sufficient style and emotional range to tell the quite extraordinary story of Louisa Catherine Adams in all its splendor and sadness. Louisa has been worth the wait." —Joseph J. Ellis


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