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"Given that your average American learned much of his country's history at that show at Disney World with the scary automatons in goofy Amadeus-era tights, it's no small feat that this narrative succeeds so marvelously well at rendering all these players of early American history human....Here is a book that's so good it'll make you shiver." Adrienne Miller, Esquire (read Esquire's entire review)

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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 — "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. andlt;BRandgt; Like his masterly, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography andlt;Iandgt;Truman,andlt;/Iandgt; David McCullough's andlt;Iandgt;John Adamsandlt;/Iandgt; 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 more 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. andlt;BRandgt; 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. andlt;BRandgt; 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. andlt;BRandgt; 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 1800, 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 4, in the year 1826. andlt;BRandgt; Much about John Adams's life will come as a surprise to many readers. His courageous voyage on the frigate andlt;Iandgt;Bostonandlt;/Iandgt; in the winter of 1778 and his later trek over the Pyrenees are exploits that few would have dared and that few readers will ever forget. andlt;BRandgt; It is a life encompassing a huge arc — Adams lived longer than any president. The story ranges from the Boston Massacre to Philadelphia in 1776 to 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. andlt;BRandgt; 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, andlt;Iandgt;John Adamsandlt;/Iandgt; is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

Review:

"Here a preeminent master of narrative history takes on the most fascinating of our founders to create a benchmark for all Adams biographers." Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

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 — "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 more 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 1800, 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 4, in the year 1826.

Much about John Adams's life will come as a surprise to many readers. His courageous voyage on the frigate Boston in the winter of 1778 and 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 in 1776 to 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.

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. of illustrations, many in color.

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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Krismaer, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Krismaer)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about our second President. I knew little about him before reading this account, but I have such an admiration for what he and his family sacrificed for the survival of our country.
The biggest eye openers to me were the strong marriage that Abigail and John had, even through many seperations and the character of Mr. Thomas Jefferson. Mr. Jefferson has always gotten hero worship status in our country, but if he had had his way I don't think this country would have lasted at all.

The last big thing I can take away from this book is that even though we may think today we have the most dysfunctional government and Congress, it has always been with us. If you want easy government than go with a dictatorship. A democratic republic will always be harder to govern.
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Krismaer, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Krismaer)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about our second President. I knew little about him before reading this account, but I have such an admiration for what he and his family sacrificed for the survival of our country.
The biggest eye openers to me were the strong marriage that Abigail and John had, even through many seperations and the character of Mr. Thomas Jefferson. Mr. Jefferson has always gotten hero worship status in our country, but if he had had his way I don't think this country would have lasted at all.

The last big thing I can take away from this book is that even though we may think today we have the most dysfunctional government and Congress, it has always been with us. If you want easy government than go with a dictatorship. A democratic republic will always be harder to govern.
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Krismaer, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Krismaer)
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about our second President. I knew little about him before reading this account, but I have such an admiration for what he and his family sacrificed for the survival of our country.
The biggest eye openers to me were the strong marriage that Abigail and John had, even through many seperations and the character of Mr. Thomas Jefferson. Mr. Jefferson has always gotten hero worship status in our country, but if he had had his way I don't think this country would have lasted at all.

The last big thing I can take away from this book is that even though we may think today we have the most dysfunctional government and Congress, it has always been with us. If you want easy government than go with a dictatorship. A democratic republic will always be harder to govern.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780684813639
Author:
McCullough, David
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
McCullough, David
Location:
New York
Subject:
Biography
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
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
106-511
Publication Date:
January 2001
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Rough front; family tree; 1 8pg b/w, 1 8
Pages:
752
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in 42.035 oz

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"Review A Day" by , "Given that your average American learned much of his country's history at that show at Disney World with the scary automatons in goofy Amadeus-era tights, it's no small feat that this narrative succeeds so marvelously well at rendering all these players of early American history human....Here is a book that's so good it'll make you shiver." Adrienne Miller, Esquire (read Esquire's entire review)
"Review" by , "Here a preeminent master of narrative history takes on the most fascinating of our founders to create a benchmark for all Adams biographers."
"Synopsis" by ,

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 — "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 more 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 1800, 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 4, in the year 1826.

Much about John Adams's life will come as a surprise to many readers. His courageous voyage on the frigate Boston in the winter of 1778 and 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 in 1776 to 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.

"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. of illustrations, many in color.
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