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A Tribute to John Adams,
This review is from: John Adams (Paperback)
I missed the HBO miniseries, so I had no idea of what to expect in David McCullough's biography of John Adams. I was in a bookstore looking for a book, when this title presented itself in front of me. It is a "hefty" book at 651 pages not including bibliography and notes, though that should not discourage one from reading it. For me, it started a bit slow, but it is not written as a textbook in a dry monotone by any means. McCullough makes Adams come alive in these pages with frequent quotations from letters written by Adams, his wife, Abigail, his sons, daughter, Thomas Jefferson or other of his contemporaries. Cullough is obviously a fan of Adams, which might be a drawback for anyone looking for a more objective review of his life.
Other reviewers have commented on the completeness of McCullough's biography, so you should be aware of that. I, however, was looking for something to read during my lunch hours. Something not frivolous, but not too weighty; something that I would occupy my mind and through which I might learn a little. After the first couple of chapters, I was hooked.
My favorite Adam's quote: "Her face and heart have no correspondence," written of Hannah Quincy.