PATRICK J. GARRITY (1955-2021) was the founding editor of Classics of Strategy and Diplomacy. Throughout his long career, Dr. Garrity had been a nonresident faculty fellow with the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia; a senior policy analyst at the Los Alamos National Laboratory; a research fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); a visiting fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); and an instructor at the Catholic University of America and the Naval Postgraduate School. His books include You Run the Show or the Show Runs You: Capturing Professor Harold W. Rood’s Strategic Thought for a New Generation; In Search of Monsters to Destroy? American Foreign Policy, Revolution, and Regime Change, 1776-1900; and A Sacred Union of Citizens: George Washington’s Farewell Address and the American Character. He received his PhD in government from the Claremont Graduate School.
John Quincy Adams is widely recognized as America’s most distinguished diplomat, taking into account the length and breadth of his public service and his influence on American foreign policy. In the course of this remarkable journey, John Quincy Adams documented his ideas and actions through his writings, speeches, letters, diary entries, and state papers. To aid those interested specifically in learning more about the man and his views on foreign policy, the editors have compiled a collection of the most important and often-cited works, such as his famous July 4, 1821 Oration: “she goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.”