John Adams

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Paw Prints, Nov 3, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 752 pages
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In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose to become the second president of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was learned beyond all but a few and regarded by some as "out of his senses"; and whose marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the moving love stories in American history.

This is history on a grand scale -- a book about politics and war and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, John Adams is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

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Extensive biography of one of the framers of the Constitution, first vice president, second president, strong advocate for the Navy. Amazing to think that there was a time when the president would/could join a bucket brigade to fight a fire in the Treasury Building. Read full review

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Excellent! After having spent this past year reading much about the American Revolution and the Founding Fathers, I can say that McCullough's "John Adams" is the best by far. Part of the reason this ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

David McCullough was born in 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and educated there and at Yale. Author of Truman, Brave Companions, Mornings on Horseback, The Path Between the Seas, The Great Bridge, and The Johnstown Flood, he has received the Pulitzer Prize (in 1993, for Truman), the Francis Parkman Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and is twice winner of the National Book Award.

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