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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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My husband cannot put this book down. I made a great choice for Fathers Day. He loves reading about Adams and Jefferson.Published 8 hours ago by Eleanor D. Hammond
Fantastic Biography of a man who was so much more than just our 2nd President. Described his character and the people who influenced his life in a way that made him seem real and... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Corey Pudhorodsky
Enjoyable read. Fascinating chap and interesting family history/dynamic. Loved it!Published 3 days ago by David W. Gray
Great book about a Great American! Love Mr. McCullough's books. It's my third one, and I plan on reading Roosevelt nextPublished 3 days ago by Lon W. Broske
Very well written. The style is as much a novel form as it is history.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
I never realized John Adams was so interesting. Yes, he was the second president, served one term, but did not know much more. McCullough brings him to life. Read morePublished 15 days ago by bill gonch
Amazing documentary. Paul Giamatti gives a life-changing performance. The story and his performance made me like history. Amazing!Published 20 days ago by FatCat007