on August 24, 2006
John Adams was the first Vice-President and second chief
executive of the United States of America. He was also a brilliant lawyer, legislator, writer and diplomat for the fledging American nation in France and the Netherlands during
the Revolutionary War.
In this excellent collection of personal letters John and
Abigail share their thoughts on a wide variety of topics chiefly the struggle for our nation's independence. The letters in this
copious collection cover the years from 1774 to 1783 (the years
of the American Revolution).
These are two extremely intelligent persons! John's letters
let the reader look through the keyhole in Philadelphia as the
Declaration of Independence is approved; throughout the war
Adams was away from his Braintree farm for long stretches of
time. His life was in danger and he was worried about Abigail and
their young children. A few of the letters in this collection
were written by his parents to the young John Quincy Adams who
served as the sixth President of the United States.
Abigail lived long before the womens liberation movement but
she was the intellectual equal of her husband. Abigail kept the
farm going staying abreast of political affairs and raising a
great American family.
The patriotism and self-sacrifice of the Adams family is an
inspiration to all Americans. This is a wonderful collection
for anyone wishing to know these two American patriots on a more
intimate basis. Excellent resource for history classes and anyone wishing to know more about our history.
on October 24, 2007
If you're at all interested in American history, I HIGHLY recommend this book. I though it was going to be dry and tough to read with a lot of thees and thous etc., but it's surprisingly warm, easy to follow and gripping story told in the very words of one of our greatest Americans and his wife.
on August 25, 2014
I have fallen deep into admiration for Abigail Adams, and even her crusty husband John shines as an honest man and devoted Revolutionary when England started taxing and over-controlling the feisty American Colonies. So far as I can tell, the book was assembled from their letters by a grandson, so is well over 100 years old now. I have found other correspondence that makes a more comprehensive picture of these important people. I have never been a lover of or reader of history, but the biography I am now reading about Abigail has my full attention. And it started with reading these letters. It was a bit difficult to start, 12 letters from John to Abigail, but once her letters begin to John, it gets very intense and interesting. The Revolutionary War period is well known for having a large group of extraordinary men, but the women who stayed behind to care for the families were no less able and amazing people. Or at least with John & Abigail Adams it is true. She offered wise and sage advice, and their deep affection for each other shines through their letters. Just amazing Americans!