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The Resource The problem of democracy : the Presidents Adams confront the cult of personality, Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein

The problem of democracy : the Presidents Adams confront the cult of personality, Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein

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The problem of democracy : the Presidents Adams confront the cult of personality
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The problem of democracy
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the Presidents Adams confront the cult of personality
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Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein
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eng
Summary
"How the father and son presidents foresaw the rise of the cult of personality and fought those who sought to abuse the weaknesses inherent in our democracy. Until now, no one has properly dissected the intertwined lives of the second and sixth (father and son) presidents. John and John Quincy Adams were brilliant, prickly politicians and arguably the most independently minded among leaders of the founding generation. Distrustful of blind allegiance to a political party, they brought a healthy skepticism of a brand-new system of government to the country's first 50 years. They were unpopular for their fears of the potential for demagoguery lurking in democracy, and--in a twist that predicted the turn of twenty-first century politics--they warned against, but were unable to stop, the seductive appeal of political celebrities Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. In a bold recasting of the Adamses' historical roles, The Problem of Democracy is a major critique of the ways in which their prophetic warnings have been systematically ignored over the centuries. It's also an intimate family drama that brings out the torment and personal hurt caused by the gritty conduct of early American politics. Burstein and Isenberg make sense of the presidents' somewhat iconoclastic, highly creative engagement with America's political and social realities. By taking the temperature of American democracy, from its heated origins through multiple upheavals, the authors reveal the dangers and weaknesses that have been present since the beginning. They provide a clear-eyed look at a decoy democracy that masks the reality of elite rule while remaining open, since the days of George Washington, to a very undemocratic result in the formation of a cult surrounding the person of an elected leader"--
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A recasting of the second and sixth presidents, father and son John and John Quincy Adams, explores how they worked to partially protect a fledgling American democracy from its vulnerabilities to popularity-driven elections and an elite ruling class
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collective biography
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10765922
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Isenberg, Nancy,
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  • 973.4/40922
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E322
LC item number
.I74 2019
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Burstein, Andrew,
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True
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  • Adams, John
  • Adams, John Quincy
  • Presidents
  • Democracy
  • United States
  • United States
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adult
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the Presidents Adams confront the cult of personality
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The problem of democracy : the Presidents Adams confront the cult of personality, Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein
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1083101890
Dimensions
24 cm.
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944 pages (large print)
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large print
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9781984882950
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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The problem of democracy : the Presidents Adams confront the cult of personality, Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein
Publication
Note
Title from web page
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volume
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rdacarrier.
Content category
text
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rdacontent.
Control code
1083101890
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
944 pages (large print)
Form of item
large print
Isbn
9781984882950
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.

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