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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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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 hours 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 11 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 12 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 13 days ago by James P. Joyce
Great insight of John Adams and the influence of his wife Abigail. Also provided new understanding of aspects of Washington and Jefferson. Read morePublished 14 days ago by David M. Jameson
David McCullough has taken us on trip into the world of John Adams. I found the book transporting me right there to the dawn of a new country.Published 17 days ago by Brother Glenn