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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 thought, wrote, and spoke out for the "Great Cause" come what might, who traveled far and wide in all seasons and often at extreme risk; who rose to become the second President of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was rightly celebrated for his integrity, 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.

Much about John Adam's life will come as a surprise to many. His rocky relationship with friend and eventual archrival Thomas Jefferson, his courageous voyage on the frigate Boston in the winter of 1778 and his later trek over the Pyrenees are exploits few would have dared and that few listeners will ever forget.

Like his masterful, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Truman, David McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale — an audiobook 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, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

Synopsis:

In his first book since "Truman", one of America's most distinguished and popular biographers breathes life into history with this compelling look at the second president of the United States, John Adams. More than just a biography, this book looks at the birth of a young republic and explores the extraordinary factors that transformed 13 colonies into a united nation.

About the Author

David McCullough has been called a "master of the art of narrative history." His books have been praised for their exceptional narrative sweep, their scholarship and insight into American life, and for their literary distinction.

In the words of the citation accompanying his honorary degree from Yale, "As an historian, he paints with words, giving us pictures of the American people that live, breath, and above all, confront the fundamental issues of courage, achievement, and moral character."

Author of 1776, John Adams, Truman, The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Path between the Seas, Mornings on Horseback, and Brave Companions, he has received the Pulitzer Prize twice (in 1993, for Truman, and, in 2001, for John Adams), the Francis Parkman Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and has twice won the National Book Award.

For his work overall he has been honored by the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Medal, the St. Louis Literary Award, the Carl Sandburg Award, and the New York Public Library's Literary Lion Award. None of his books has ever been out of print.

In a crowded, productive career, Mr. McCullough has been an editor, essayist, teacher, lecturer, and familiar presence on public television — as host of Smithsonian World, The American Experience, and narrator of numerous documentaries including The Civil War and Napoleon. He is a past president of the Society of American Historians. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received 31 honorary degrees.

A gifted speaker, Mr. McCullough has lectured in all parts of the country and abroad, as well as at the White House, as part of the White House presidential lecture series. He is also one of the few private citizens to be asked to speak before a joint session of Congress.

Born in Pittsburgh in 1933, Mr. McCullough was educated there and at Yale, where he was graduated with honors in English literature. An avid reader, traveler, and landscape painter, he lives in West Tisbury, Massachusetts, with his wife Rosalee Barnes McCullough. They have five children and 15 grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Contents

Part I:"Revolution

CHAPTER ONE:"The Road to Philadelphia

CHAPTER TWO:"True Blue

CHAPTER THREE:"Colossus of Independence

Part II:"Distant Shores

CHAPTER FOUR:"Appointment to France

CHAPTER FIVE:"Unalterably Determined

CHAPTER SIX:"Abigail in Paris

CHAPTER SEVEN:"London

Part III:"Independence Forever

CHAPTER EIGHT:"Heir Apparent

CHAPTER NINE:"Old Oak

CHAPTER TEN:"Statesman

CHAPTER ELEVEN:"Rejoice Ever More

CHAPTER TWELVE:"Journey's End

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

SOURCE NOTES

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743504744
performance Read:
McCullough, David
Author:
McCullough, David
Author:
Adams, John
Author:
Herrmann, Edward
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Audio
Location:
New York
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Audiobooks on compact disc
Subject:
Presidents -- United States.
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Audiobooks
Copyright:
Edition Number:
revised
Abridged:
Y
Series Volume:
no. 50
Publication Date:
May 2001
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
9
Dimensions:
4.96x5.70x1.98 in. .91 lbs.
Media Run Time:
360

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Product details 9 pages Simon & Schuster Audio - English 9780743504744 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In his first book since "Truman", one of America's most distinguished and popular biographers breathes life into history with this compelling look at the second president of the United States, John Adams. More than just a biography, this book looks at the birth of a young republic and explores the extraordinary factors that transformed 13 colonies into a united nation.
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