A scholarly work, of specific political science interest, this covers Adams' years as international diplomat and ends with his election as President, and stresses his contributions toward American foreign policy. It is not a popularizing of its biographical material, but rather the exact interpreting of the man in relation to his times and his work. It follows, in detail, his career in Europe, his part in treaty making, his position on national as well as international questions, and his place in the shaping of the Monroe Doctrine. It gives a careful picture of the part his early training was to play in his years as President. Exhaustive and probably of definitive importance in its field, the audience here is primarily for the serious student.