John Adams: A Life

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Macmillan, Jun 15, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 536 pages
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John Ferling's masterful John Adams: A Life is the most comprehensive single-volume biography of the man who succeeded George Washington in the presidency and shepherded the fragile new nation through the most dangerous of times. Drawing on extensive research, Ferling depicts a reluctant revolutionary, a leader who was deeply troubled by the warfare that he helped to make, and a fiercely independent statesman.
 

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Contents

Vanity Is My Cardinal Vice
9
Shall I Creep or Fly?
20
To Thine Own Self Be True
39
The Scene of Action
64
Tea That Bainfull Weed
89
Until Our Rights Are Fully Restored
100
We Shall Do Something in Time
114
Oh That I Was a Soldier
131
High against America
266
PART FOUR
293
An Office of Hard Labor and Severe Duty
326
War Is Inexpedient
348
Thunderstruck
372
The Seeds of Discontent and Division
396
A Retired Hermetical Life
417
A Heavy Burden to Carry
438

A Total Absolute Independence
145
To Leave This Station nrith Honour
167
A Man of No Consequence
185
My Business Is Peace
218
Thus Drops the Curtain
243
Afterword
445
Abbreviations
455
Select Bibliography
515
Index
523
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About the author (1996)

John Ferling is the George Washington Distinguished Professor of History at the State University of West Georgia. He has written several acclaimed books on the Revolutionary War period, including The First of Men: A Life of George Washington.

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