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John Adams (David McCullough book)

32 Ratings: 3.7
A book by David McCullough.

Pulitzer Prize winning biography of the 2nd President of the United States, John Adams (October 30, 1735  – July 4, 1826).      Left to his own devices, John Adams might have lived out his days as a Massachusetts country … see full wiki

Author: David McCollough
Genre: American History,Biography, Biographies & Memoirs, History, Nonfiction
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date Published: September 2002
14 reviews about John Adams (David McCullough book)
review by . November 30, 2012
John Adams was an 80-year-old former President and still constant patriot when his beloved wife wrote these words, as reported in McCullough's masterful biography: "Your father's zeal for books will be one of the last desires which will quit him," Abigail observed to [son] John Quincy in the spring of 1816, as Adams eagerly embarked on a sixteen volume French history. It is most fitting, then, that this founder, who has no monument in Washington, DC to mark his place in the pantheon …
review by . June 28, 2010
It took me several months to get through this book. It is well-researched but VERY lengthy and dry at times. Don't start it unless you are a history buff with a lot of time on your hands.      Overall, the book matched the trajectory of Adams' life. I was interested to learn about his early career as a lawyer in Boston - he defended some of the British soldiers involved in the Boston massacre. His logic for representing them is actually quite moving to read and reflect …
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
McCullough shows Adams to be one of the more boring men of rthe time. Unable to make a sucess in many fields, such as farmer, lawyer, diplomat so they made him the Presidnet
review by . July 01, 2010
This was an incredibly inspiring read.  The very foundation of our nation is unveiled.  John Adams was at the forefront of our nations beginnings, he is a hero and is hailed as such in this inspiring read. I would recommend this book in heartbeat to anyone.  The book reads like a novel, Mccullough writes as if he lived right along side John Adams.  He knows things that could only be attained through long and arduous research.  This book is exciting, it makes you feel proud …
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
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Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
David McCullough has an insight when it comes to historical figures.
Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
Awesome book and history, Good read.
review by . July 19, 2009
Every entrepreneur gets a charge from scribbling on a blank sheet of paper and then making the dream a reality. Who then was responsible for the most audacious, successful startup in history?       The startup referenced here is, of course, the United States of America. The "original architect" was none other than John Adams. David McCoullough's deft prose describe the important contribution of a brilliant mind. Who conceived of a three branch government? That would …
review by . March 01, 2009
McCullough has done a great service in reminding us what an important influence John Adams had in the founding of our nation. He is too often a forgotten figure in our nation's pantheon of founders. Adams' importance in securing our independence and protecting and perpetuating the federal government under the Constitution is arguably greater than Thomas Jefferson's. Among Adams' accomplishments: (1) He was an important influence in the committee that revised Jefferson's draft of the Declaration …
review by . January 10, 2004
The book is written in an easy-to-read narrative which will  capture the interest of any American history enthusiast.   John Adams was a graduate of Harvard College, a United States  President and busy advocate for legal clients. In 1772, he   appeared in over 200 Superior Court cases with famous clients  like John Hancock. He was a delegate to the Continental Congress.  Jonathan Sewall concluded early that Adams was headed for   greatness. …
review by . July 10, 2002
I recently re-read two biographies. The other is Edmund Morris's biography of Theodore Roosevelt. However greatly their two subjects differ, both are written with the narrative skills of a novelist, the discipline of a consummate historian, and an objectivity which enables the reader to absorb and digest the abundance of information without manipulation by the biographer. Whereas Morris limits his attention to a period which extending from 1901 when Roosevelt became President after McKinley was …
review by . August 31, 2001
David McCullough's volume was of great satisfaction to me. Mr Adams and his son John Quincy have always been personal heros of mine. Just as Amistad gave the country a look at John Quincy, Mr. McCullough give us a look at John warts and all. The warts are few. Over and over we see a man singing the praises of virtue, frugality, honesty, in short CHARACTER! I suspect that the success of this book has something to do with the times. Adams (and his son and wife) are just the type of examples and heroes …
review by . August 03, 2001
McCullough has done a great service in reminding us what an important influence John Adams had in the founding of our nation. He is too often a forgotten figure in our nation's pantheon of founders. Adams' importance in securing our independence and protecting and perpetuating the federal government under the Constitution is arguably greater than Thomas Jefferson's.Among Adams' accomplishments:(1) He was an important influence in the committee that revised Jefferson's draft of the Declaration of …
review by . June 07, 2001
David McCullough is one of my favorite writers of history, along with Stephen Ambrose, W. Bruce Lincoln and a few others. It's no shock, then, that I thoroughly enjoyed this biography of our little-understood and generally maligned second president. His rehabilitation has long been overdue, and Mr. McCullough accomplishes that without diminishing the reputation of Thomas Jefferson. There is a lot in this book that I found new and fascinating, and the author's style made the reading quite easy. I …
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