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John Adams

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Awards

2002 Pulitzer Prize for Biography

Synopses & Reviews

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David McCullough is our most dependable presidential biographer. Each of his efforts has been a resounding success, combining popular appeal with literary accolades. Mornings on Horseback, about Teddy Roosevelt, won the National Book Award, his second. For Truman, he received a Pulitzer Prize. Both were national bestsellers. For his next project, he decided to modify the formula and write about two presidents whose relationship influenced and illuminated American history. As collaborators, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson created the Declaration of Independence. As rivals — enemies, really — they came to represent the warring political factions that divided the young nation. By the end of their lives, though, these two great men had repaired their friendship, and in a fantastic coincidence died on the same date, the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. While this seems an irresistible setup for a historian with McCullough's narrative gifts, in the end he gave it up. As McCullough immersed himself in his two subjects, he found himself increasingly drawn to Adams at the expense of his more famous colleague and narrowed his focus. In Adams, McCullough found another exemplar of his favorite subject, a man, like Harry Truman and Theodore Roosevelt, who overcame remarkable disadvantages to achieve greatness. With John Adams, which earned McCullough his second Pulitzer Prize in a row, he may have achieved his own measure of greatness. Farley, Powells.com

Publisher Comments:

The Pulitzer Prizeand#8211;winning, bestselling biography of Americaand#8217;s founding father and second president that was the basis for the acclaimed HBO series, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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 and#8220;out of his sensesand#8221;; and whose marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the moving love stories in American history. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;This is history on a grand scaleand#8212;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, andlt;Iandgt;John Adamsandlt;/Iandgt; is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

Review:

"[A] wonderfully stirring biography; to read it is to feel as if you are witnessing the birth of a country firsthand." Booklist

Review:

"This life of Adams is an extraordinary portrait of an extraordinary man....This excellent biography deserves a wide audience." Library Journal

Review:

"Despite the whopping length, there's not a wasted word in this superb, swiftly moving narrative, which brings new and overdue honor to a Founding Father." Kirkus Reviews

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

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Nancy Mandel, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Nancy Mandel)
I read lots of biographies and this one is my all time favorite. As I read this book I was constantly surprised at how little I knew about Adams. His contribution to our nation's founding was far greater than I realized; his life was much more interesting than I expected. I liked his relationship with his wife Abigail, his dedication to equal justice for all, and his willingness to bury the hatchet with Jefferson. Despite knowing the ending this was a real page-turner for me. I was a little sad when he died and the book ended.
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Lisa Butler, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Lisa Butler)
I find David McCullough's "John Adams" essential reading. A great biography about our second President. I truly enjoyed reading about the relationship between President Adams and First Lady Abigail Adams as well as the complex relationship with Thomas Jefferson. Great insight into the early days and formation of the United States.
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Ted Washburne, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Ted Washburne)
This is a tough one. There were so many good books put out or brought back this last decade. But David McCullough's John Adams was easily one of my favorites. This book brought John Adams and his whole family, indeed many personages of his day, so close and so fully fleshed out that my heart was right there with them all. I was lost in their wonderment and cried when they hurt or were in danger. I have recommended it to nearly everyone I know!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743223133
Author:
McCullough, David
Author:
Sutton, Caroline E.
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
Presidents -- United States.
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Biography-Presidents and Heads of State
Subject:
John Adams, second president, declaration of independence, Continental Congress, constitution, revolution, revolutionary war, boston tea party, abigail adams, sam adams, george washington, thomas jefferson, benjamin franklin, alexander hamilton, john quin
Subject:
John Adams, second president, declaration of independence, Continental Congress, constitution, revolution, revolutionary war, boston tea party, abigail adams, sam adams, george washington, thomas jefferson, benjamin franklin, alexander hamilton, john quin
Subject:
John Adams, second president, declaration of independence, Continental Congress, constitution, revolution, revolutionary war, boston tea party, abigail adams, sam adams, george washington, thomas jefferson, benjamin franklin, alexander hamilton, john quin
Subject:
John Adams, second president, declaration of independence, Continental Congress, constitution, revolution, revolutionary war, boston tea party, abigail adams, sam adams, george washington, thomas jefferson, benjamin franklin, alexander hamilton, john quin
Subject:
John Adams, second president, declaration of independence, Continental Congress, constitution, revolution, revolutionary war, boston tea party, abigail adams, sam adams, george washington, thomas jefferson, benjamin franklin, alexander hamilton, john quin
Subject:
John Adams, second president, declaration of independence, Continental Congress, constitution, revolution, revolutionary war, boston tea party, abigail adams, sam adams, george washington, thomas jefferson, benjamin franklin, alexander hamilton, john quin
Subject:
John Adams, second president, declaration of independence, Continental Congress, constitution, revolution, revolutionary war, boston tea party, abigail adams, sam adams, george washington, thomas jefferson, benjamin franklin, alexander hamilton, john quin
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Touchstone ed.
Edition Description:
B102
Series Volume:
1986/12
Publication Date:
January 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2-16 pp b/w insert; 1-8 pp color insert
Pages:
752
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 34.195 oz

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"Review" by , "[A] wonderfully stirring biography; to read it is to feel as if you are witnessing the birth of a country firsthand."
"Review" by , "This life of Adams is an extraordinary portrait of an extraordinary man....This excellent biography deserves a wide audience."
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