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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Rather long, but it is fascinating to realize that only the fourth presidential election in our history contained a lot of scurrilous, liibelous headlines and brutal fighting by... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Grammywgirls
My Grandson used this for school. He gleaned a lot of useful portions for his papers. He must have read it well...his grade was Excellent.Published 4 days ago by Charlie Winner
A great read. While the biography is about John Adams, it is also interesting to read about the other central players in the drama from John Adams perspective. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Steven J. Torrey
I loved this book. Very much held my interest. Great take on history as the US was in its infancy.Published 10 days 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 16 days ago by Louis T Carreiro