John Adams

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Simon and Schuster, May 22, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 752 pages
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The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling biography of America’s founding father and second president that was the basis for the acclaimed HBO series, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough.

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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Of the hundreds of books I have read thus far in my life, this is my favorite without question. As an American history teacher, I have an obvious bias toward a book about one of our founding fathers ... Read full review

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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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Contents

Revolution
9
True Blue
78
Distant Shores
167
Independence Forever
389
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
653
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David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. His other acclaimed books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, Brave Companions, 1776, The Greater Journey, and The Wright Brothers. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. Visit DavidMcCullough.com.

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