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Descent from Glory

Descent from Glory

Four Generations of the John Adams Family

Paul C. Nagel

ISBN 9780674198296

Publication date: 04/15/1999

There has never been any doubt that the Adams family was America’s first family in our politics and memory. This research-based and insightful book is a multigenerational biography of that family from the founder father John through the mordant writer Brooks.


  • An intelligent, tactful, and spiritually generous chronicle of a dynasty that gave the United States two presidents...This volume might be called a gift of realism that can enhance our judgment of public men and their families.

    —The New Yorker


  • Paul C. Nagel is former Director of the Virginia Historical Society, a trustee of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, a cultural laureate of Virginia, and a contributing editor of American Heritage.

Book Details

  • 414 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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