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 American Phoenix

“Let the uniform principle of your life… be how to

make your talents and knowledge most beneficial

to your country and most useful to mankind.”

                                               John Quincy Adams

Genre:  Historical Drama 


Author/Screenwriter:  Jane Hampton Cook


Executive Producer:  Denene Deverman Crabbs, 



Contact:  Email:, Phone:  202-487-4949


Based on the book by Jane Hampton Cook, American Phoenix tells the gripping story of John Quincy Adams’s “honorable exile” during the War of 1812 and the harrowing journey of his wife, Louisa, to be reunited with her family.  A heart-wrenching, extensively researched chronicle of a crucial part of American history.  American Phoenix uncovers the challenges, fears, sorrows, joys, triumphs, and faith that come when life—no matter the era—takes an unexpected journey.


American diplomat John Quincy Adams and his wife, Louisa, had two things in common with the audacious Napoleon Bonaparte—speaking perfect French and living in exile.  American Phoenix reveals the untold true story of Quincy’s unexpected nomination as the top U.S. envoy to Russia in 1809, and Louisa’s agony at being forced to leave their six- and eight-year old boys behind in Boston.  Believing that ambition can never repay such sacrifice, she clings to the hope of reuniting with her sons in a year.  Pretention, royal dissipation, extreme weather, covert political maneuvers, French interference, private tragedy, and two great wars trap them in St. Petersburg longer than their worst fears. Their personal story is soon swept into the public drama of Napoleon’s war with Russia and America’s war with Great Britain, which ultimately force John Quincy and Louisa to live apart.  When Napoleon escapes his exile, his march to reclaim Paris threatens to forever separate John Quincy and Louisa from each other and their children back home.  

Jane Hampton Cook


National media commentator and award-winning author Jane Hampton Cook brings history and biographies to life, making them memorable and relevant to today's news, current events, politics, issues of faith, and modern-day life.  Jane is the author of seven books, including her newest two books, American Phoenix and America's Star-Spangled Story. 


White House Experience:  Jane served former President George W. Bush as a webmaster for five years, including three in the Texas governor’s office and two years in the White House as deputy director of Internet news services.  Her enthusiasm for history skyrocketed when she discovered that writing historical stories for were among the site’s most popular pages.  The experience cemented her decision to passionately pursue U.S. history topics as an author and screenwriter. 


Media Experience:  Jane is a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel and numerous other television, radio, online, and print outlets.  She has appeared in several historical documentaries and hosted an online documentary.  She is a member of the National Press Club.  For more information, visit  

Denene Deverman Crabbs


Executive Producer and Principal Owner of Cinergy Group LLC, Denene Deverman Crabbs develops and manages production and promotion of film and television projects.  She holds the film and television rights to American Phoenix and is developing the historical drama with Jane Hampton Cook. 


As a former Project Development Executive at WETA Public Television (PBS) in Arlington, Virginia, Denene managed delivery of thirty episodes of the Globe Trekker travel series and worked with the National Programming team on         In Performance at the White House, The Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize, Martha Stewart's Cooking School, MAKERS:  Women Who Make America, and The Central Park Five documentary film by Ken Burns.


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