American Phoenix Hardback

John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812, and the Exile That Saved American Independence

by Jane Hampton Cook;

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American Phoenix

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American Phoenix tells the gripping story of John Quincy Adams’s “honorable exile” during the War of 1812 and the harrowing journey of his wife, Louisa, to be reunited with her family.

American diplomat John Quincy Adams and his wife, Louisa, had two things in common with the audacious Napoleon Bonaparte — speaking perfect French and living in exile. American Phoenix reveals the untold true story of Quincy’s unexpected nomination as the top US envoy to Russia in 1809, and Louisa’s agony at being forced to leave their six and eight year old boys behind in Boston.

Believing that ambition can never repay such sacrifice, she clings to the hope of reuniting with her sons in a year.

Pretension, royal dissipation, extreme weather, covert political manoeuvers, French interference, private tragedy, and two great wars trap them in St. Petersburg longer than their worst fears. Their personal story is soon swept into the public drama of Napoleon’s war with Russia and America’s war with Great Britain, which ultimately force John Quincy and Louisa to live apart.

When Napoleon escapes his exile, his march to reclaim Paris threatens to separate forever John from Louisa and each from their children back home,

This heart-wrenching, extensively researched chronicle of a crucial part of American history shows the challenges, threats, joys, triumphs, and faith that accompany unexpected journeys in life

American Phoenix by Jane Hampton Cook was published by Thomas Nelson in May 2013. The ISBN for American Phoenix is 9781595555410.

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Page last updated 11th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherThomas Nelson (May 2013)
Number of Pages512
Thickness46 mm
Height236 mm
Width160 mm
Product Code4071214
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