John Quincy Adams was the last of his kind — a Puritan from the age of the Founders who despised party and compromise, yet dedicated himself to politics and government — and literally died in office, in the midst of a passionate debate.

A brilliant ambassador and secretary of state, he was a frustrated president at a historic turning point in American politics. Dr. Gail Saltz talks with scholar and journalist James Traub, author of John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit, to uncover the life and morals of a diplomat and president whose ideas remain with us today.

Brief Bios

Dr. Gail Saltz is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at The New York Presbyterian Hospital, psychoanalyst with The New York Psychoanalytic Institute, columnist, bestselling author and television commentator including frequent contributing to the Today Show, CNN and MSNBC. She is the emotional wellness contributor to Health Magazine and Health.com, Chair the of 92Y 7 Days of Genius Advisory Committee and Consultant and Event Moderator for the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative.

James Traub is a regular columnist and contributor for ForeignPolicy.com, and a teacher of foreign policy at New York University. His books include The Best Intentions: Kofi Annan and the UN in the Era of American World Power (2006), The Devil’s Playground: A Century of Pleasure and Profit in Times Square (2004) and City on a Hill (1994), and he is the author, most recently, of The Freedom Agenda, which was called “the most penetrating look yet at the historical and theoretical basis for democratization” by Gen. Wesley Clark.


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