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John Adams The enthralling, often surprising story of John Adams, one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever livedIn this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot the colossus of independence, as Thomas Jefferson called him who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution who rose to become the second President of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war who was learned beyond all but a few and regarded by some as out of his senses and whose marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the moving love stories in American history Like his masterly, Pulitzer Prize winning biography Truman, David McCullough s John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel It is both a riveting portrait of an abundantly human man and a vivid evocation of his time, much of it drawn from an outstanding collection of Adams family letters and diaries In particular, the than one thousand surviving letters between John and Abigail Adams, nearly half of which have never been published, provide extraordinary access to their private lives and make it possible to know John Adams as no other major American of his founding era As he has with stunning effect in his previous books, McCullough tells the story from within from the point of view of the amazing eighteenth century and of those who, caught up in events, had no sure way of knowing how things would turn out George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Jay, the British spy Edward Bancroft, Madame Lafayette and Jefferson s Paris interest Maria Cosway, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, the scandalmonger James Callender, Sally Hemings, John Marshall, Talleyrand, and Aaron Burr all figure in this panoramic chronicle, as does, importantly, John Quincy Adams, the adored son whom Adams would live to see become President Crucial to the story, as it was to history, is the relationship between Adams and Jefferson, born opposites one a Massachusetts farmer s son, the other a Virginia aristocrat and slaveholder, one short and stout, the other tall and spare Adams embraced conflict Jefferson avoided it Adams had great humor Jefferson, very little But they were alike in their devotion to their country At first they were ardent co revolutionaries, then fellow diplomats and close friends With the advent of the two political parties, they became archrivals, even enemies, in the intense struggle for the presidency in , perhaps the most vicious election in history Then, amazingly, they became friends again, and ultimately, incredibly, they died on the same day their day of days July , in the yearMuch about John Adams s life will come as a surprise to many readers His courageous voyage on the frigate Boston in the winter ofand his later trek over the Pyrenees are exploits that few would have dared and that few readers will ever forget It is a life encompassing a huge arc Adams lived longer than any president The story ranges from the Boston Massacre to Philadelphia into the Versailles of Louis XVI, from Spain to Amsterdam, from the Court of St James s, where Adams was the first American to stand before King George III as a representative of the new nation, to the raw, half finished Capital by the Potomac, where Adams was the first President to occupy the White House This is history on a grand scale a book about politics and war and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship and betrayal, and the far reaching consequences of noble ideas Above all, John Adams is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived


10 thoughts on “John Adams

  1. says:

    MESSAGE TO BIOGRAPHERS Tidy up your prose, sharpen your story telling, knowledge up on your source material and bring your entire bag of game, because the gauntlet has been chucked, the bar has been raised and David McCullough has taken off his literary glove and pasted all of you upside your second rate heads The challenge is before you This is, WITHOUT


  2. says:

    I LEARNED SO MUCH. I m moved deeply moved at this book and partly at myself SOMETHING HAS SHIFTED INSIDE ME THROUGH THIS READING EXPERIENCE A handful of books have done this for me but not usually two in a very short period of time But. I can t deny what s so SNAP CRACKLE POP BOOKS THAT CHANGE OUR THINKING OUR ACTIONS MUST BE REMEMBERED. this is another on


  3. says:

    Since reading John Adams I have continually been reminded of my delusion of our country s history Today as I saw the conclusion of the John Adams series on HBO I realized I was one of those John Adams saw as deluded by the artistic portrayal of our history in Trumbell s Declaration of Independence Adams was right Too many of us believe Trumbell s view of th


  4. says:

    This is a must read for anyone interested in the American Revolution I would call this David McCullough s masterpiece, except I ve read several of his remarkable books, including Truman and The Wright Brothers, and they are all so good I don t think I could pick a favorite But let s get back to John Adams, who, along with Thomas Jefferson and George Washingt


  5. says:

    A solid and satisfying biography of a key leader in the birth of the American Republic This book helps make him my favorite of the bunch because of his paradoxical mix of humility and ambition, idealism and pragmatism Unlike Washington, Jefferson, and Hamilton, he didn t have aristocratic bearings and valued honesty, sincerity, and free thinking as the highes


  6. says:

    Well now I just want to read a biography on Abigail Adams Watch me discuss this book in my June wrap up Well now I just want to read a biography on Abigail Adams Watch me discuss this book in my June wrap up


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    When the door opened, they proceeded, Adams, as instructed, making three bows, or reverences, one on entering, another halfway, a third before the presence The United States of America have appointed me their minister plenipotentiary to Your Majesty, Adams began, nearly overcome with emotion I feltthan I did or could express, he later wrote Before him, in the


  8. says:

    McCullough dazzled with his depiction of Harry Truman and brings that passion now to look at the life of John Adams As he tackles thedaunting task of bringing this Founding Father and former president to life, through a plethora of research and historical tomes, McCullough illustrates the varied life Adams lived and the complexities of his journey Presenting Ada


  9. says:

    I haven t read a book this good in years I cannot imagine anyone who wouldn t enjoy this book This is a book about a man, John Adams, but it is also much, muchIt is a book about American Independence, the American Revolution and all the Founding Fathers, the seven most important being George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Jay, Alexander Hamilton,


  10. says:

    No man who ever held the office of president would congratulate a friend on obtaining it, wrote John Adams, and this superb biography by David McCullough makes it clear why Adams was undoubtedly sincere in this sentiment Adams was a plain and honest speaking man who rose to the challenges of extraordinary times In this biography he emerges from the shadows of the


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