The Portable John Adams

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Penguin, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 533 pages
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A new selection of the most significant writings by America's second president
In addition to being an uncompromising defender of liberty, esteemed diplomat, and successor to George Washington, John Adams was a passionate and prolific writer.  Adams biographer John Patrick Diggins gathers an impressive variety of his works in this compact, original volume, including parts of his diary and autobiography, and selections from his rich correspondence with this wife, Abigail, Thomas Jefferson, and others.  The Portable John Adams also features his most important political works: A Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law, 'Thoughts on Government,' A Defence of Constitutions of the Unites States of America, Novanglus' and Discourses on Davila.  There is no finer introduction to the protean genius of this seminal American philosopher.
'At last, a manageable volume offers a brilliantly selected and annotated edition of the wisdom of John Adams, the most sardonic of the Founding Fathers.'
- Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
  

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Contents

Diary and Autobiography
1
Correspondence of John and Abigail Adams
121
Earliest Writings
189
A Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law
209
Thoughts on Government
233
Novanglus
243
A Defence of the Constitutions of the United States of America
289
Discourses on Davila
337
Correspondence with Roger Sherman and John Taylor
395
Correspondence of John and Abigail Adams with Thomas Jefferson
457
Editors Notes
529
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John Adams (1735-1826), educated as a lawyer at Harvard, was the Massachusetts delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses. During the Revolutionary War, he served abroad in diplomatic roles and helped negotiate the peace treaty. After serving as Vice President for two terms under George Washington, he was subsequently elected President.

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