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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the beer., November 1, 2008
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This review is from: Samuel Adams: A Life (Hardcover)
This is a must-buy for anyone who loved McCullough's John Adams or Isaacson's Benjamin Franklin. Ira Stoll puts Sam Adams back where he belongs, front and center with the great founding fathers. But "Samuel Adams, A Life" is not merely a work of history, it is a powerful argument about the ideas that made America and still, to this day, shape the nation. Stoll demonstrates, through the life and writing of Adams, how much religion and property rights motivated the revolutionaries of New England. From the first chapter, I felt I was not just learning about important history, but I was also gaining insight into the character of America. This book is bound to help change how we think about the Revolution. And it will help us understand how Sam Adams continues to influence our own era.
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Initial post: Apr 30, 2010 8:23:01 PM PDT
A helpful review indeed! Thanks for sharing your views.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 10:54:44 PM PDT
PLM says:
From this review, I know I want to read this book!

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 6:05:08 AM PDT
So are you just disregarding the blatant historical fallacies in this book? Like how, according to Stoll, Dr. Warren's head was chopped off and taken by the British when his body was, in reality, identified by his teeth?

This book is dreadful.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2013 6:22:25 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 25, 2013 6:22:48 PM PDT
John says:
Seems to be a rather minor point. Don't you think?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2013 8:43:38 AM PDT
Maybe Matthew Wilding could share other fallacies he noticed? By itself it does across as a bit of a one-off; still, it's an odd mistake for the author to make. If it comes paired with similarly weird inaccuracies it would bother me as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 30, 2015 6:13:46 PM PST
CharadeUR says:
So please tell us the better book to read. I will admit that I hate inaccuracies as well but you only mention one and don't tell us which biography is better.
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