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Overshadowed by the lustrous presidents Washington and Jefferson, who bracketed his tenure in office, Adams emerges from McCullough's brilliant biography as a truly heroic figure--not only for his significant role in the American Revolution but also for maintaining his personal integrity in its strife-filled aftermath. McCullough spends much of his narrative examining the troubled friendship between Adams and Jefferson, who had in common a love for books and ideas but differed on almost every other imaginable point. Reading his pages, it is easy to imagine the two as alter egos. (Strangely, both died on the same day, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.) But McCullough also considers Adams in his own light, and the portrait that emerges is altogether fascinating. --Gregory McNamee
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Quite possibly one of the most imaginative and fully realized pieces of biography that I have ever read, John Adams present the portrait of a man in all his shades and colors, with... Read morePublished 7 hours ago by Eric Maroney
Wonderfully written! I read this in hardcover when it came out and just finished it again on Kindle. What an extraordinary man was John Adams! Read morePublished 1 day ago by C. Thomas
As great as his others. Wonderfully personal view of the Revolution.Published 2 days ago by NatureNut
A great story of the early days of our nation. One of the best historical stores I have ever read.Published 4 days ago by William A. Richardson
Very good history lessons providing insight to many well heard of
political figures, of importance, of that period.
McCullough does a great job painting a living picture of the "forgotten Founding Father". The birth of politics in the United States is shown to be painful for the... Read morePublished 5 days ago by George L
I really loved the book. There are so many interesting things that are to be learned about our founding fathers, not just Adams. They are much less than perfect. Read morePublished 6 days ago by BABs