John Adams: A Life

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Henry Holt and Company, Jun 15, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 536 pages
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John Ferling's masterful John Adams: A Life is the most comprehensive single-volume biography of the man who succeeded George Washington in the presidency and shepherded the fragile new nation through the most dangerous of times. Drawing on extensive research, Ferling depicts a reluctant revolutionary, a leader who was deeply troubled by the warfare that he helped to make, and a fiercely independent statesman.

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User Review  - Steve - Goodreads “John Adams: A Life” is the fifth of nearly a dozen books authored by John Ferling, who has written extensively on the revolutionary era and several of its ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

Really good. I learned a lot, but it's not as interesting as some of the other history I've read lately (Rubicon). Did however lead me to buy a Franklin book and a French Revolution book, based on the number of references. Read full review

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About the author (1996)

John Ferling is the George Washington Distinguished Professor of History at the State University of West Georgia. He has written several acclaimed books on the Revolutionary War period, including The First of Men: A Life of George Washington.

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