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Internal development It s just that it doesn t offer us any advantages to speak of all this in terms of grand strategy an ambiguous term that muddles meaningful distinctions between concepts policy strategy plans aspirations and preferences and thereby allows Edel to suggest that Adams was a brilliant grand strategist who was totally incapable of implementing the vast majority of what e envisioned This seems to me a contradiction in termsThis isn t a terrible book not by any means But it s pretty thin stuff and it s Trading Christmas hard for me to imagine that in the glut of recent writing about JA a better oneasn t been written I found Never an outbreak his personal lifeyoung adulthood to be super interesting But I kinda lost focus towards the secondalf of the book This elegant book depicts the complete life of our sixth president From upbringing to diplomat to politician Adams Pride had an extraordinary life thatas made a lasting impression on US foreign policy and American politics Edel navigates the biography with thoughtful and thorough research balanced with a literary approach Understanding Adams as a melancholy astute stubborn man allows us to see Men him not just as a figureead or Isotopic Carbon historical figure but as a real and sympatheticuman Edel looks at an expert statesman and gives im umanity and depth by exploring Step Out of Your Story him through the lens ofis family The Eyes of the Dead hisistorical and political context and the legacy Rules for a Lady he bothoped to achieve and what Calebs Tempting Mate (Saber Chronicles he did in actuality A brilliant biography and a must read for any burgeoning politicians or diplomats not to mention anyone who seeks to understand theistory of not only this man but ABC he nation as a wholeence the title of Nation Builder I get it A well written book that truly stands alone as a comprehensive biography of John uincy Adam. Ding of Odd Man In how to counter the threats arrayed against them allowedim to craft a multitiered policy to insulate the nation from European uarrels expand US territory Palace Intrigue (A Medieval Tale harness natural resources develop domestic infrastructure education and commerce and transform the United States into a model of progress and liberty respected throughout the worldWhile Adams did not live to see all ofis strategy fulfilled is vision shaped the nation's agenda for decades afterward and continues to resonate as America pursues its place in the twenty first century wor.
What should be the organizing principle of US foreign policy today Should it be President Obama s don t do stupid shit a return to President Bush s doctrine of preemption or something else I don t know the answer but I welcome Professor Edel s contribution to today s debate through is study of JA s life and the organizing principles that underpinned Carlyle Marney his grand strategy for the United States Through Professor Edel s lens I now appreciateow JA s foreign policy vision was inextricably linked to Shameful his vision for furthering the growth of the United States through domestic peace and productivity Edel p301 That the potential power of the US rests upon the smart nurturing andarnessing of the country s domestic resources is a concept that should resonate loudly today as it did for JA nearly two undred years ago Cleary 2014 is not 1821 and our domestic peace and productivity is interwoven with the actions of foreign countries and transnational actors terrorism and economic growthtrade come to mind in ways that JA couldn t ave possibly imagined But Professor Edel makes a compelling case for the enduring legacy and relevance of JA s ideas for our current era I Sacred Landscapes highly recommend this book for those interested in the country s past but also those who are struggling to make sense of the current times This is a good book Its not neccesarily a breezy read its still scholarly and not neccesarily for the layperson But Edel s thesis is that John uincy Adamsad a strategy for Angel Without Mercy (Agnes Carmichael, how to make the United States into a great polity and that strategy eventually succeeded A good biography that understands Adams greatness inis moment Charles Edel bring a singular passion and focus to this project John uincy Adams was a politician who did not Gold Rush hide being an intell. America goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy John uincy Adams's famous words are often uoted to justify noninterference in other nations' affairs Yet whene spoke them Adams was not advocating neutrality or passivity but rather outlining a national policy that balanced democratic idealism with a pragmatic understanding of the young republic's capabilities and limitations America's rise from a confederation of revolutionary colonies to a world power is often treated as inevitable but Charles N Edel's provocative biography of Adams ar.
Ectual He was also arguably the most cosmopolitan American of Girl Reporter his generationaving traveled widely throughout Europe in Hunted his teens and twenties This perspective coupled with fearsome intelligence madeim uniuely ualified to serve as Secretary of State In an era when America s standing in the world is increasingly under threat Edel a master researcher and storyteller provides a much needed reexamination of our roots as a nation when we were an emerging rather than dominant powe I d give it 15 stars As an biography it Gingerbread Heart hits it s marks with interesting insights not found in generalistory books As a discussion of grand strategy it misses the markThe pieces are there but Edel loses the policy discussion alfway through the book Repetitive unevenly paced narrative No particularly novel analytic insights just well known facts from publicly available sources viewed through the uestionable prism of grand strategy Edel was educated at Yale and it shows e ews to the grand strategy concept beloved of Walter Russell Mead John Lewis Gaddis and Paul Kennedy each of whom is prominently thanked in the acknowledgments It s not clear to me that this perspective as any real explanatory or analytic value uite often the scholars who look at things this way are simply using Ricky Ricottas Mighty Robot vs the Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn (Ricky Ricotta, hindsight to ascribe foresight and conceptual coherence to the thinking and actions of variousistorical leaders and polities I m looking at you LuttwakEspecially awkward are the parallels the author attempts to draw between Adams s grand strategy for A Historical Atlas of Tibet his own personal development and career and the grand strategye envisions for the countryNone of which is to say that Adams lacked a clear idea of America s interests and priorities or a guiding vision for both international action and. Gues that The Last Awakening (Curse of the Phoenix, he served as the central architect of a grand strategy that shaped America's rise Adams's particular combination of ideas and policies madeim a critical link between the founding generation and the Civil War era nation of LincolnExamining Adams's service as senator diplomat secretary of state president and congressman Edel's study of this extraordinary figure reveals a brilliant but stubborn man who was both visionary prophet and ard nosed politician Adams's ambitions on behalf of America's interests combined with a shrewd understan.