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Dearest Friend: A Life of Abigail Adams Paperback – July 9, 2002
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"Dearest Friend -- the Adamses' term for each other -- is most powerfully the history of a marriage, an "Eleanor and Franklin" for the 18th century with one important difference: Their marriage worked." (Pauline Maier The New York Times Book Review)
"Withey has not only brought Abigail to life, she has also added new depth and richness to our understanding of the intricate history of feminist thought." (Kirkus Reviews)
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With so many books regarding the Founding Fathers being touted at the bookstores recently, it's wonderful to read the story of one of the Women behind one of the Men. Though not traditionally educated Abigail's knowledge of politics, curiousity about everything, and affection for family and friends is well-documented through excerpts from her numerous letters. The sacrifices both she and her husband made for the fledgling America are a sober reminder of the courage and bravery required of our ancestors.
In a time when woman were subservient to men, she stood head and shoulders above other members of her gender. Her husband wisely depended on her counsel, love and care.
This is a wonderful biography that takes the reader back in time and place so vividly as to feel present at the birth of a nation and a voyeur into the unfolding political career of the second President of the United States and the woman who loved him.
I, too, wish American History had been presented this richly in my grammar and high school years.
After reading this book I would suggest reading "John Adams" by David McCullough, though quite lengthy, it is worthwhile to read the other half of the "conversation".
In recent years the life of John Adams has been reexamined and his role in American history has again come to the forefront. Without Abigail, Mr. Adams could never have accomplished what he did. For unlike many of the other leaders of the Revolution, Adams was not a man of means. When he was away, someone had to look after the family's domestic concerns. That someone was Abigail. John became so accustomed to having Abigail to take care of home and hearth that when he did have time to see to such matters he seldom did.
This book details the work Abigail did behind the scenes to allow John to make his vital contributions to American independence. We see a strong woman who is more than willing to take charge of a given situation and make a decision. We also see however a wife who misses her husband. Abigail and John Adams are one of the true love stories of history. Their complete devotion to each other is amazing, especially in that the longer they were together the more in love they became. In the end becoming almost one soul in two bodies. Abigail's worst hardships didn't involve the work she did but the separations from John. Separations that lasted months and then years at a time.
Abigail is also shown in this book as a woman of strong conviction but also a woman of great contradiction. She and her husband helped make the American Revolution but she detested revolution as a threat to the social order.Read more ›
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Dry read. If you like reading history textbooks then this may be the book for you.Published 2 months ago by Misty Duke
i've always been a fan of John Adams, and never knew as much about Abigail. very much liked how the facts were primarily summarized from the letters, with a lot of direct... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lysa Flemming
Took me a long to to finish it but it was very interesting and good.Published 11 months ago by Nancy
The rich and remarkable life Abigail Adams enjoyed is described with the bonus of a history lesson spanning several fascinating decades of American history. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Love To Read
From the opening lines, Withey had me in her spell. I fell in love with Abigail Adams and find her wonderfully human with all her contradictions. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Susan Harrison
Excellent historical account of the times and life of Abigail Adams.Published 16 months ago by Frederika M. Ver Hulst