The Problem Of Democracy: The Presidents Adams Confront The Cult Of Personality
- Global History, Politics & Law, Society & Culture, American History
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Is true democracy an American myth?
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. They were unpopular for their fears of the potential for demagoguery lurking in democracy, and--in a twist that predicted today’s politics--they warned against the seductive appeal of political celebrities.
The Problem of Democracy is a major critique of the ways in which their prophetic warnings have been 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.
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|Release Date:||April 16, 2019|