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Samuel Adams: A Life Paperback – November 3, 2009
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In “Samuel Adams a Life” Ira Stoll does not write a narrative history in the style of writers like David McCullough (who he quotes a lot in this text). Read morePublished 2 months ago by B. Wilfong
Really good book. Learned lots about a giant often overlooked. My appreciation of Sam Adams' contribution to America is greatly improved. Read morePublished 3 months ago by William Millard
Ira Stoll's Samuel Adams is a readable popular history of a Founding Father who has been known of, but not necessarily known in American culture. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jason G
First of all, I actually did complete this book, so the following comments are based on the totality of its contents. Read morePublished 7 months ago by DRW
Thanks in part to television portrayals and many history books, the common perception of Samuel Adams today is of a firebrand who organized the Boston Tea Party, openly threw... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Daniel Putman