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Review: John Adams

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com - Ann Bruns

Ask the average person to name those who played significant roles in the events of the American Revolution and the formation of our republic and they'd likely give you the standard answers: Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Madison. Patrick Henry's impassioned speech and Thomas Paine's inflammatory Common Sense might also be among the voices that still reverberate over the centuries. One man who's ... Read full review

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A really stellar accounting of the life of a fascinating man. If you have any interest at all in the American Revolution, you owe it to yourself to at least read the preview of this book.

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Outstanding book. I found this book extremely insightful and educational. One thing I noted that I didn't realize before this book is that the author set out to write a dual biography about Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, and in some ways, this book comes off as such. Few men get as little recognition as John Adams, but are as worthy of the praise they do receive as John Adams. 

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awesome book dude

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A very good book. Helped me on a lot on a project. Got an A+.

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This book was pretty much like everything I have read of David McCullough's: Fabulous!

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I luv this book!!!!!!!! One of my favorite! I luv learning about John Adams!!!
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Very well written, very interesting, VERY informative regarding what life in the 18th century was like, and how the US came to be established. Would be a great way for Americans to learn about what their nation was founded upon, what it means to be a dedicated citizen, a good offspring, sibling, parent, and the importance of being open minded, virtuous, optimistic, and a life long student. Very inspirational in sum. Reads much like an adventure novel in many ways. John Adams lived a rad life.
My only criticisms would be that a few parts were a little confusing (but could likely be accredited to my not being articulate enough to fully comprehend the 18th c. letters cited), and that the author doesn't give Adams's negative traits as much attention as his positive ones. I appreciate that our nation can always use great stories about great heroes to look up to, and I have no doubt that John Adams is a prime example. But the author seemed a little biased in how much discrediting he does of Jefferson, while only briefly mentioning few negative traits belonging to Adams, such as his short temper, vanity, or his occasionally coming off as "mad". McCullough seems to dismiss Franklin and Jefferson's scathingly negative reviews of Adams to the government as mainly ploys for them to sustain priority in official matters. I would have liked to know more about what Adams had done to merit such reviews. Given the author's home town is the same as Adams, I don't doubt that being completely fair to the topic would be a bit of a challenge.
Great book though for sure. Upon finishing I felt a bit like I had lost a friend who I had learned so much about, and spent time with every day for two months. I could probably read it again and get plenty more out of it and enjoy the process.
 

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One of the best American history books to pick up and read for both enjoyment and learning about how hard it was to start a Democratic government.

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