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John Adams

McCullough, David G.

Book - 2001
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
John Adams
The Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling biography of America's founding father and second president that was the basis for the acclaimed HBO series, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough. In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot 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. 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.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2001
ISBN: 0743223136
Branch Call Number: E322 .M38 2001
E322 .M38 2001
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Characteristics: 751 p., [40] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm


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Oct 02, 2014
  • Malone109 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a great book. It was a real joy to read, and made me want to read more about the 18th century and the founding of America.

Aug 25, 2014
  • rpavlacic rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Author David McCullough notes that history hasn't been generally kind on one-term US Presidents, but John Adams does not come out as a failed President. After nearly a decade as America's first diplomat and a working relationship as Vice President under George Washington, Adams came into his own as Chief Executive. It was during his four year tenure that the executive branch became as strong if not stronger than Congress. Notably he kept his country out of an unnecessary war with France (notwithstanding popular demand) by allowing diplomacy to take its course. Truly remarkable is his relationship with his wife, Abigail Smith. Their 54-year marriage and the exchange of letters between the two tell not only an incredible story of enduring love despite numerous separations, but also give an insight to a woman who defied the traditional role of a wife and was an active counsellor to her husband. This is a book that is very hard to skim through, it is worth reading from front to back.

Jun 20, 2014
  • 221b_GreenPanda rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

McCullough does an amazing job at showcasing the life of one of America's prominent Founding Fathers. A must-read for anyone interested in the life of John Adams. The author also does an excellent job of adding details on the lives of those that surrounded Adams.

Oct 24, 2013
  • minkeydork rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

David McCullough is unmatched in his writing. This book, to me, is his masterpiece. I revisit this book numerous times each year to reread.

Jun 27, 2013
  • mratzel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I just finished re-reading this book. It is a dense read to be sure, but full of flavor and amazing insights.

My favorite is not only learning about John Adams, but also his wife. It is always interesting to find out how a good spouse helps or hinders in someone's life.

Jan 07, 2013
  • apachepilot rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What an excellent book. Entertaining in many ways.

Feb 15, 2012
  • swardgod rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have to say its one of my favorites not only do you learn about his life but his incredible love of his wife abigail

Mar 10, 2011
  • Algonquin_Lisa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very well written, not dry in the slightest. You will learn so much about the politics of the 18th century.


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