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3.0 out of 5 stars Fervent father, devoted follower, May 29, 2009
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This review is from: Samuel Adams: A Life (Hardcover)
Most books you read on the revolution make at least some reference to Samuel Adams. Books dealing with the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution even more so. This in mind I decided to read a bit more on the man.

Why should you read this book? It gives great background on Adams and the Commonwealth of Massachusettes prior to the start of the revolution, discusses a lot about S. Adams' role in bringing it about, and in doing both gives us some important background on the role religion did and did not play in both.

S. Adams stands somewhat alone as the religious voice of the founding fathers. While many had strong beliefs of their own, this man was driven by them. His life and legacy centered around religion and the role he thought it played in a just and lasting society.

The book never takes his side on the matter, in fact does a pretty good job of showing many others as much more supportive of a govenment that was
tolerant to everyone including those Adams refered to as "Papists".

If you're interested in the founding fathers do not miss this book. There may be better ones out there but this book is fairly easy to read and includes a lot of letters to, from, and about S. Adams and some reference to the role of the newspapers as well.

One of the few founding fathers with no military or law experience he was nonetheless on of the most important men of his time and this book tells why in a very inviting manner.
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Initial post: May 11, 2010 5:35:59 AM PDT
annexlad says:
So why only 3 stars? This seems like a pretty favorable review.

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 9:18:08 PM PDT
I learned a lot from this book. But I don't think it flowed in a lot of ways. The author's condemnation of Mr Adams kept coming through. Every time Mr Adams made an anti Catholic statement, and there were a lot, the author's tone was harsh, as though he took issue with this. I won't get into a long reasoning of why I sort of understand Mr Adams' reasoning on this. Reading this book did make me want to learn more about John Hancock. So now I have a bio of Hankcock to read.
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