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Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution Hardcover – May 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum; 1st ed edition (May 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689317603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689317606
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,424,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 6^-12. Think of this biography as a portrait. Not the smooth, impassive painting reproduced on the jacket, but an intricate mosaic made of colorful bits of fact, emotion, period detail, and letters, letters, letters. Bober nudges readers to look beyond their twentieth-century expectations and become absorbed in another age. She creates a detailed eighteenth-century background showing Adams as the product of her times: an educated, intelligent, and capable woman in an age when the expectations and challenges of a woman's role were different from what they are today, but no less complex. Often separated from her husband John, Abigail wrote letters to him and to others constantly. Throughout the text, Abigail's voice is heard through quotations from her letters. Thorough research of this first-person resource gives Bober a comfortable familiarity with Abigail's personality as well as her personal history, which is interwoven with the turbulent history of her times. As in Bober's Thomas Jefferson: Man on a Mountain (1988), meticulous research and documentation give the book authority, good writing gives it clarity, and sympathetic understanding gives it humanity. An excellent biography. Carolyn Phelan

Customer Reviews

I have always had great respect for Abigail Adams.
Sam Southwell
Certainly, as an adult reading this book, I took great enjoyment from and interest in it.
L. J. Anderson
It is a great book to use in class at an introductory level.
Coppertop

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Carmel on October 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this biography, which I purchased on a visit to the Adams National Historic Site (sorry, amazon.com!). Abigail Adams was remarkable in so many ways, not least of which was her ability to convey the issues and tenor of her times through her letters. Natalie Bober does an exceptional job of bringing Abigail's world to life - not just the big ideas, but the small emotional details come to light, making these historical figures seem very real. I had always been an admirer of the Adamses and their extraordinary romantic and intellectual partnership - this book increased my admiration tenfold.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By haan on February 24, 2006
Format: Paperback
I find that when one reads a biography of this size, one also reads "little" biographies of other people in their life.

Here, Natalie S. Bober has minimized the little biographies and kept the focus on Abigail Adams.

I think that for the average person, this book is the only one you'll ever need to know. It has just the right amount of information to write a fully-informed report or paper, but Bober has kept it fresh and interesting.

A good place to begin or continue research on one of the greatest American women in history.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Anderson on May 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book in many ways reminded me of Lynne Withey's biography of Abigail Adams. The writing was forthright and easy to understand. However, sometimes the subject matter seemed more appropriate to an older audience and I often wondered why the book was aimed at a youth audience. Certainly, as an adult reading this book, I took great enjoyment from and interest in it. The inclusion of Abigail's letters certainly indicate the complexity of the woman and of the times she lived in, and there were many times where I felt my heart break for this woman who so loved her family, but outlived 2 of her children. Bober's attention to detail added much interest -- how many trunks of tea were tossed overboard during the Boston Tea Party, why Boston's streets were paved with cobblestones, etc.

Bottom line: This is not just a youth book. If you love American history, pick it up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lacey on June 10, 2013
Format: Paperback
Natalie Bober is a fantastic writer of history.

My daughter read one of her books when she was in junior high and she loved it. Which was a big deal coming from a kid who never admitted to caring for history in any way.

I was so impressed with Ms. Bober's writing that I encouraged my daughter to send her a letter and I sent her a letter expressing my appreciation as well.

Ms. Bober herself responded to our letters with a lovely one of her own. A few weeks later a package arrived at our door containing a stack of Natalie Bober books, most of them signed copies with notes to my daughter in the covers.

Of course I immediately became a lifelong fan of the author.

I was pretty excited when I saw our first Natalie Bober book appear on homeschool curriculum list.

We read the entire book out loud together.

My two preschoolers were frequent listeners and I imagine both of them could answer your basic questions about the legendary lady's extraordinary life.

Abigail Adams certainly lived a life filled with enough interest for any writer, but the story was so artfully woven together with carefully documented letters in Adams' own hand that it made compelling literature.

It's history. True, preserved and passed down, factual history. But it is anything but dull or old-fashioned.

Yes, the occasional chapter was long for a single read-aloud session. But no child ever complained as they listened closely.

My son sighed when John Adams left his growing family time after time to pursue a political career in other cities. He cheered when Mr. Adams chose to return home when a Congressional session ended. "Finally, he cares more about his wife and children than himself," he declared.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Dasunta on May 25, 2013
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This books is written very well, has great characters and a fast paced story line. Love story and history lesson all built into one captivating read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By niksok on January 15, 2013
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This book is a wonderful biography about a great American. Abigail shines as a very intelligent women who could have been a great politician on her own.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Coppertop on April 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
While this is definitely a popularized account, this is a great biography of Abigail Adams. It is easy to ready and very accurate. It is a great book to use in class at an introductory level.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pamark1 on February 22, 2011
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I cannot even begin to tell you how disappointed I am in the quality of the printing of this book. The pictures are very, very poor quality for a new book. The book itself is fine, the binding is fine, it is a new book....but the quality of the printing is low. I'm angry and would return it, but we need to start reading it now. I am not a happy camper.
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