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 we need these days. They set the example by DOING what is right and proper for the country, rather than by platitudes for public consumption (or Polls).
In these times of spin (read lies and deceptions) thanks to McCullough's discovery that he and NOT Jefferson was the picture he wanted to paint, Mr. Adams and his family manage to serve their country by reminding us what we are and what we can be.
The book is worthy of the praise it has recieved. I only wish every member of congress and all those who work for BOTH political parties can read it and learn. Unfortunately I suspect some will learn that the price of honesty and true public serivce is a single term and no face on Rushmore. I hope and pray that I am wrong.
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Overshadowed by the lustrous presidents Washington and Jefferson, who bracketed his tenure in office, Adams emerges from McCullough's brilliant biography as a truly heroic figure--not only for his significant role in the American Revolution but also for maintaining his personal integrity in its strife-filled aftermath. McCullough spends much of his narrative examining the troubled friendship between Adams and Jefferson, who had in common a love for books and ideas but differed on almost every other imaginable point. Reading his pages, it is easy to imagine the two as alter ...