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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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

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User Review  - Patricia Sisson - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this bit of time travel, occasioned only because David McCullough's fine writing made it possible. It provided a fascinating glimpse of the times, both in the ordinary and the extraordinary. Read full review

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User Review  - Dan Mikalian - Goodreads

Another excellent book by McCullough. A very interesting read for anyone who has an interest in the American Revolution. Read full review

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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 1776, Brave Companions, The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, 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.

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