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The Adams-Jefferson Letters: The Complete Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail and John Adams Paperback – September 30, 1988
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C. Vann Woodward, "Key Reporter""
[This] is a correspondence that covers all topics; . . that reveals both of these statesmen and philosophers at their most felicitous.
Henry Steele Commager
"The publication, in full and integrated form, of the remarkable correspondence between these two eminent men is a notable event.
New York Times Book Review""
A major treasure of national literature.
C. Vann Woodward, "Key Reporter"
ÝThis¨ is a correspondence that covers all topics; . . that reveals both of these statesmen and philosophers at their most felicitous.
Henry Steele Commager
The publication, in full and integrated form, of the remarkable correspondence between these two eminent men is a notable event.
New York Times Book Review"
A major treasure of national literature.--C. Vann Woodward, Key Reporter
[This] is a correspondence that covers all topics; that embraces most of two lifetimes; that never fails of learning, wit, grace, and charm; and that reveals both of these statesmen and philosophers at their most felicitous.--Henry Steele Commager
Top Customer Reviews
As was typical of statesmen of that day, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams maintained a lengthy personal and professional correspondance the subjects of which were both mundane and highly intellectual. This book takes that correspondance, chronologically arranges it and then groups it according the characteristics of the time and the themes of their correspondance. As an additional bonus, John's wife Abigail Adams is included as well.
My attraction to this volume was to seek clarity and focus on several questions that are quite relevant to today. What was meant and intended by the concept of Separation of Church and State and what was the philisophic and religious thinking of there two important figures? There's no shortage of resources out there to tell you what these men thought, the context of their society and usually as an added bonus how these matters in one way or another support the agenda or perspective of the one putting the source together.
At some point however, if you really want to grapple with these issues or just understand the times and importance of these two men, there is no substitute for simply reading and allowing them to speak for themselves.Read more ›
The fact that our current government has departed so far from their vision is the fault of lesser men who followed these early men of genius, who were so devoted to the ideal of a workable constitutional republic. Indeed, for the last several generations of politicians it sometimes seems that principle has been replaced by expediency in our public servants.
John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were, without any doubt at all, true geniuses who mastered a large variety of disciplines, from literature to philosophy, theology, governmental design, the mastery of several languages, engineering, astronomy, navigation (see their remarks concerning Nathanael Bowditch, pp. 534,536,540), and especially diplomacy and political intrigue.
Jefferson's remarks about the pronunciation of the ancient Greek language (pp. 536-539) shows a deep and penetrating interest in a subject that today is of interest only to advanced scholars. Indeed, most of their correspondence in their later years demonstrates an interest and, indeed, vast knowledge on a wide variety of subjects. Theirs was an age of generalists -- men who were conversant on a broad range of subjects -- as opposed to today, when we tend to specialization.
Much of their early correspondence included references to Dr. Benjamin Franklin, with whom they were associated while the three of them represented the United States in Europe and England, in creating trade treaties and diplomatic ventures, including relations with the Barbary states (pirates).Read more ›
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Our second and third presidents lived long lives for their time and were instrumental in epochal events in world history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eric Mayforth
Highly recommend this work, for anyone actually trying to understand the people that by God's grace or whatever you believe in helped to form this incredible though perhaps not... Read morePublished 3 months ago by MCR
Anyone who cares about American History must have it. Funny, powerful, and moving letters between the two two men who created the Declaration of Independence, and for the rest of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Andrew McC.
In a day and age when so many people including the TV political Pundits spout buckets of horses***, this book should be required reading for everybody. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stephen Michael
Extremely revealing historical document of the two most important fathers of the American independence.Published 11 months ago by Thomas Reinhardt
It's a slow read, but it's what you need to read if you want to know how Jefferson and Adams communicated.Published 13 months ago by D. Robertson