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David McCullough | ISBN-10: 0743223136 | ISBN-13: 9780743223133
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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 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 Adamsis an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

Product Identifiers
ISBN-100743223136
ISBN-139780743223133

Key Details
AuthorDavid McCullough
Number Of Pages752 pages
Edition DescriptionReprint
FormatPaperback
Publication Date2002-09-03
LanguageEnglish
PublisherSimon & Schuster

Additional Details
Copyright Date2001
IllustratedYes

Dimensions
Weight36.1 Oz
Height1.4 In.
Width6.1 In.
Length9.2 In.

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GroupTrade

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LCCN2001-027010
LC Classification NumberE322.M38 2001
Dewey Decimal973.4/4/092 B
Dewey Edition21

Table Of Content
Table Of ContentContents Part I: RevolutionCHAPTER ONE: The Road to PhiladelphiaCHAPTER TWO: True BlueCHAPTER THREE: Colossus of IndependencePart II: Distant ShoresCHAPTER FOUR: Appointment to FranceCHAPTER FIVE: Unalterably DeterminedCHAPTER SIX: Abigail in ParisCHAPTER SEVEN: LondonPart III: Independence ForeverCHAPTER EIGHT: Heir ApparentCHAPTER NINE: Old OakCHAPTER TEN: StatesmanCHAPTER ELEVEN: Rejoice Ever MoreCHAPTER TWELVE: Journey's EndACKNOWLEDGMENTSSOURCE NOTESBIBLIOGRAPHYINDEX

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Gordon S. WoodThe New York Review of BooksBy far the best biography of Adams ever written...McCullough's special gift as an artist is his ability to re-create past human beings in all their fullness and all their humanity. In John and Abigail he has found characters worthy of his talent.

Marie Arana The Washington Post McCullough is one of our most gifted living writers.

Michiko Kakutani The New York Times Lucid and compelling...[Written] in a fluent narrative style that combines a novelist's sense of drama with a scholar's meticulous attention to the historical record.

Walter Isaacson Time A masterwork of storytelling.


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Created: 06/04/08

John Adams by David Willis MsCullough

Review For: John Adams by David McCullough (2002, Paperback, Reprint)

I am a history buff. In fact, I love all kinds of history especially how the USA became the country of freedom, tolerance the separation the church and state. Today, as we come to the end of a truly sad and disgusting 8 years of a President who never understood democracy. He has violated the consent and will of the people that voted. (I forgot, both elections were stolen). To read about
the calibur of men who truly served this country and compare the current leadership, should make our citizens realize how important it is to challenge authority. We should never take our freedom and rights for granted.

Adams was not a timid man and had a huge ego. However, he gave up so much of his personal happiness for the good of the new nation. He believed that rights of those accused of an and alleged crime, be given counsel. Adams was vehemently opposed to slavery. Unfortunately, he was wise to know that in order to make the break with England, the Southern states had to be accomadated. Adams knew eventually this unacceptable practice of slavery would be addressed. Compromise was essential to bring these United States together.

Adams was sent on a mission to secure diplomatic and financial aid from France. He had a difficult time dancing to the tune of diplomacy and the intricacies of the French court. Since he was a man of action, he could not tolerant anything but straight communications. When he asked a question, he expected an answer.
One could say he was a failed diplomat, although he was able to secure much needed loans from the Dutch government.

For me, I have always respected Abigail Adams. She was a women with her own mind, capabilities and enormous strength to be a farmer, mother and equal partner with her husband, John. She lived through all kinds of hardships from her husband's extended absences to the death of her young child. When Abigail told John, "don't forget the ladies", she was a women eons before her time. I cannot help but look at today's political campaign coverage of Senator Hillary Clinton and realize how women are still a subject of scorn and ridicule. How indeed, we have "forgot the ladies".

Inside this magical book, you will meet our founding fathers, the real story why America cut ties to England, historical figures and the friends and family of John Adams. Their hardships and their triumphs will be yours too. They come to life by the amazing David McCullough. When I finished the book, I felt like all the characters in the book were my new friends. It made me want to visit the John and Abigail Adams homestead in Quincy. I look forward to a visit this summer and recomend you visit the wonderful people who come to life in this fabulous tome.

Enjoy!

Gloria Kennedy Fleck
Deputy Majority Leader Emeritus
Rhode Island Senate

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Created: 08/24/06

Superb Biography of a Great American

Review For: John Adams by David McCullough (2002, Paperback, Reprint)

What a fantastic way to learn about John Adams! What a great way to be introduced to excellent historical biographical writing!

McCullough is a brilliant and exciting writer. He truly makes Adams come alive, and when Adams inevitably dies at the end it is a very sad thing!

Adams is truly a hero of the Republic. A great friend, then a great rival, then a great friend again of Thomas Jefferson, Adams is undeservedly overlooked by many students of American History.

Adams the republican vs Jefferson the populist was the great debate in American history and still continues today. Adams saw the horror of the French Revolution for what it was and predicted that it would end in depravity and violence and likely cause a savage reaction which would bring about the end of the French Republic itself. He was right, Bonaparte quickly followed the French Revolution and war across europe was the result. Jefferson on the other hand embraced the French Revolution as an expression of the people's desire for liberty. How wrong he was!

Adams was a brilliant Statesman, and student of history. A wonderful family man and superb husband Adams' correspondence with his wife Abigail is a classic in American literature.

As a youth I spent many hours on the grounds of the Adams Mansion soaking up all the history there as much as is possible. McCullough does so well what so many biographers do so poorly and that is he captures the times of the subject and places the person in his rightful context. He brought me back to the grounds of "Peacefield" through his beautiful evocations of it as it hosted great people and great events.

History is best studied by understanding how historical figures lived and understood their own lives and times, as they lived them. Hind sight is an overrated tool in historiography.

Bringing the past to life in writing is a special gift and McCullough has it. Enjoy his talents and get to know the foundations of the American nation a story that is not fully known by so many. Adams' story deserves to be told. What a brilliant man, and McCullough does him superb justice in this highly readable biography.

So much can be said here about Adams, but it's not necessary as McCullough has written the definitive John Adams biography and says it better than I. Get to know John Adams through this superb book, you will be glad that you did. And your opinions on Jefferson will likely change, too! 10 STARS!!

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Created: 08/15/07

Insight via the letters of John and Abigail Adams

What a superb read; the shaping of our nation through the words of John and Abigail Adams. This book chronicles the life of John Adams, providing so much insight into not only the man and his contributions but to the formation of our country. By following the letters of John and Abigail to each other through their many separations,we are brought so intimately into their families' lives, including Abigail's struggle to raise their children and provide funds for their needs while Adams is off to Philadelphia, on to France as ambassador, and finally to the White House.

There is great material here as well on Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson; see if some of your prior conceptions of these two men are not altered or changed. The political intrigue as well, is fascinating, involving both the fledgling United States as well as in Britain and France. It was quite interesting to see how much havoc that just the delay in receiving mail could cause for diplomatic negotiations.

McCullough's research is thorough and his writing is elegantly readable; no dry history here!

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Created: 02/24/09

This is a pulitzer prize winner and lives up to it!

I bought it to learn more about an important man in the United States' history whom is often overlooked and not covered in most high school and college history courses. He is often over looked in favor of Washington, Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln, etc. This book reads like fiction, so well written.

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Created: 03/10/07

Revise your views of History

I bought this book after reading the authors 1776. He writes history in a capivating way. In discovering John Adams I had to revise my opinon of Thomas Jefferson downward. While Tom gets the credit for the Declaration of Independence, most of the concepts and many of the phrases had been addressed by Adamas in public publications long before. Adams is the one that pushed the Congress to vote for declaring Indpendence. He was also a key architect of the final resolution with Britan. He deserves his own memorial.

If you like history in an easy to read (could not put it down) format, buy this book and other things this author has written.

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