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Mrs. Adams in Winter: A Journey in the Last Days of Napoleon
 
 
Author
Michael O'Brien.
Publisher FSG  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9780374215811
Pages/Publication Date 364/2010
Daedalus Item Code 21709
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Early in 1815, Louisa Adams left Saint Petersburg in a Russian carriage on a difficult journey—through eastern Europe and Prussia, and into a France experiencing the tumultuous events surrounding Napoleon's return from Elba—to meet her husband, John Quincy Adams, in Paris. Along the way, she learned what the long years of Napoleon's wars had done to Europe, what her old friends in the royal court in Berlin had experienced during the French occupation, how it felt to have her life threatened by reckless soldiers—and how to manage fear. The journey was a metaphor for a life spent crossing borders: born in London in 1775, Louisa had grown up part in France, and in 1797 had married into the most famous of American political dynasties, becoming the daughter-in-law of John and Abigail Adams. Michael O'Brien, author of Conjectures of Order: Intellectual Life and the American South, 1810–1860—winner of the Bancroft Prize and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize—reconstructs Mrs. Adams's extraordinary passage in this evocative history of the experience of travel in the days of carriages and kings.

"Louisa Catherine Adams is an unjustly forgotten figure in American history, a formidable woman with a keen eye for the smallest details of political life. Now comes Michael O'Brien with a fresh, engaging account of Mrs. Adams's 1815 journey from Saint Petersburg to Paris. It is a brilliant conceit, beautifully executed, and O'Brien succeeds admirably in capturing the complexities of the woman and her times."—Jon Meacham

 
 
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