John Adams

Front Cover
Paw Prints, Nov 3, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 752 pages
3073 Reviews
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Well written and easy to read, just very long. - LibraryThing
The writing was smooth, fluid. - LibraryThing
I'd love to see how he organizes his research. - LibraryThing
His narrative historical writing style never bores. - LibraryThing

Review: John Adams

User Review  - Glenn - Goodreads

Often books, television shows, and films receive awards that leave us scratching our heads. How could that effort be so well liked that it received national acclaim? We either don't like the writing ... Read full review

Review: John Adams

User Review  - Joe Boylan - Goodreads

One of best biographies about a true patriot who finally emerges from the shadows of Washington,Jefferson and Franklin. What a life and love story! Read full review

All 41 reviews »

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.

Bibliographic information