John AdamsBook - 2001
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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CRRL_EricA Dec 03, 2019
This epic, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography recounts the turbulent life and times of America’s second president.
An in-depth look at the life of the second president of the United States by one of the great historians of our time.
"Well-written biography on the second president." Also available in large print, on audio CD, and on DVD as an award-winning miniseries.
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.
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David McCullough writes, was "not a man of the world" and not fond of politics--came to greatness as the second president of the United States, and one of the most distinguished of a generation of revolutionary leaders. He found reason to dislike sectarian wrangling even more in the aftermath
"I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy." ~John Adams
"Do justly. Love mercy. Walk humbly. This is enough." ~John Adams, in a letter to his granddaughter Caroline
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