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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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I loved this book. Very much held my interest. Great take on history as the US was in its infancy.Published 15 hours ago by Jane
This is a fantastic book!
The revolutionary period is fascinating to me. I have read a lot about the battles and military strategy of the day. Read more
This has got to be one of the best books ever written! I'm not joking either! McCullough's writing style is amazing and the book is put together so well. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Louis T Carreiro
A wonderful read for anyone who is interested in the history of the U.S.
John and Abigail are forces to be reckoned with. Read more
This is a fascinating book. I loved finding out how many of our current problems as a country were present at the start--partisanship, inflammatory media, racism, north/south... Read morePublished 17 days ago by jerry
I found a small voice in the back of my head saying "I'd really like to get to know this guy" before the rational part informed that little voice that I won't meet him this... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Dan Roberts
John Adams is becoming my hero. I don't think I would like him in conversation, but his ideas and efforts in forming a new nation have proven to be sound. Read morePublished 19 days ago by James P. Joyce