Fred Kaplan is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other publications. His biography of Thomas Carlyle was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Boothbay, Maine.
"Kaplan has produced a full-length narrative of this remarkable life, rendered in lucid and loving prose... Kaplan rightly portrays Adams as a man ahead of his time... A valuable book about an important American figure." -- Robert W. Merry, The New York Times Book Review "An engaging, well-crafted, and deeply researched biography that puts particular emphasis on John Quincy's rich life of the mind." -- Susan Dunn, The New York Review of Books "In undertaking John Quincy Adams, Fred Kaplan... clearly is trying to do for the son what David McCullough did for the father... It was a notable life, marked now by a notable biography." -- The Boston Globe "John Quincy Adams should be required reading inside the Beltway... Kaplan has penned a richly detailed canticle to his subject... Kaplan's narrative is both riveting and brimming with telling details." -- The Christian Science Monitor "Well-researched and well-written... An admiring and admirable account." -- The Wall Street Journal "Insightful and engrossing... As Kaplan makes plain in his own clear and finely chiseled prose, John Quincy Adams was, at his core, a writer... A fine biography." -- Annette Gordon-Reed, The American Scholar "An exemplary portrait... Kaplan is accomplished at the art of biography." -- Louis P. Masur, The Los Angeles Review of Books "Beautifully researched and written... Biography fans, don't miss this one." -- The Washingtonian, Best Books of the Month "As well-written, comprehensive, and satisfying account of Adams's personal life and career as we have seen in print." -- The Washington Times "There is much to praise in this extensively researched book, which is certainly one of the finest biographies of a sadly underrated man... These are the marks of a master historian and biographer." -- Carol Berkin, The Washington Post