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The enthralling often surprising story of John Adams one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever livedIn this powerful epic biography David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of John Adams the brilliant fiercely independent often irascible always honest Yankee patriot the colossus of independence as Thomas Jefferson called him 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 Like his masterly Pulitzer Prize winning biography Truman David McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel It is both a riveting portrait of an abundantly human man and a vivid evocation of his time much of it drawn from an outstanding collection of Adams family letters and diaries In particular the than one thousand surviving letters between John and Abigail Adams nearly half of which have never been published provide extraordinary access to their private lives and make it possible to kno. MESSAGE TO BIOGRAPHERS Tidy up your prose sharpen your story telling knowledge up on your source material and bring your entire bag of game because the gauntlet has been chucked the bar has been raised and David McCullough has taken off his literary glove and pasted all of you upside your second rate heads The challenge is before you This is WITHOUT UESTION the best biography I have ever read It is also again WITHOUT UESTION the best story on the American Revolution and the creation of the United States of America that I have ever read The breadth depth and detail of this biography is unbelievable Epic does not begin in describe it It is epic epicness on an epically epic scale This is only appropriate given the subject matter After finishing this book I believe the John Adams is the founding father I most admire By making that statement I do not want to downgrade the importance of the others Jefferson was arguably intelligent and was clearly the better writer Washington was the most beloved and admired figure and without his leadership the fledgling country would not have had a much needed symbol to rally around and the revolution may very well have failed Alexander Hamilton Thomas Paine James Madison Samuel Adams John Jay and all the rest deserve to be acknowledged for their significant contributions So why John Adams Two simple but very important reasons First John Adams through the beautiful prose of McCullough came across to me as the uintessential HONORABLE MAN True he was short tempered and intellectually vain in so far as he very much desired to be acknowledged as great by his countrymen He was a man with many faults However he NEVER allowed any of his shortcomings or personal desires to influence any decision he made or any action he took He was a ROCK OF INTEGRITY and every action he took and decision he made though not always correct in hindsight was what he genuinely BELIEVED to be in the best interest of the country Thus he came across in this story as the person who most aptly illustrated the ualities of INTEGRITY VIRTUE AND MORAL FORTITUDE In contrast Jefferson's behind the scenes attacks on Adams and his inability to even acknowledge the same later on struck me as shallow and less than admirable I point that out not to bash Jefferson who I also admire but to demonstrate that even the best of men had moments when they did not act in accordance with their conscience Everyone that is except John Adams who never seemed to waiver from the path his conscience set before him The second reason and one that goes hand in hand with the first is the absolute devotion respect and love that he and his wife Abigail displayed for one another throughout their lives Call me sappy and overly sentimental but I was absolutely awe struck by the level of commitment and affection that they felt and showed to one another even across great distances and during long years when they hardly even saw each other John and Abigail drew strength and comfort from one another in a way that was special and uniue This just cemented for me the truly exceptional nature of John Adams' character He made me proud to be an American and to have such men in my country's history Anyway to sum up I loved this book and give it my HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION 60 Stars One final note for those of you that listen to audiobooks I wanted to point out that I listened to the unabridged version all 30 hours of it narrated by Nelson Runger and Mr Runger did an amazing job that I believe added both to my enjoyment and absorption of the material

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John AdamsW John Adams as no other major American of his founding era As he has with stunning effect in his previous books McCullough tells the story from within from the point of view of the amazing eighteenth century and of those who caught up in events had no sure way of knowing how things would turn out George Washington Benjamin Franklin John Jay the British spy Edward Bancroft Madame Lafayette and Jefferson's Paris interest Maria Cosway Alexander Hamilton James Madison the scandalmonger James Callender Sally Hemings John Marshall Talleyrand and Aaron Burr all figure in this panoramic chronicle as does importantly John uincy Adams the adored son whom Adams would live to see become President Crucial to the story as it was to history is the relationship between Adams and Jefferson born opposites one a Massachusetts farmer's son the other a Virginia aristocrat and slaveholder one short and stout the other tall and spare Adams embraced conflict; Jefferson avoided it Adams had great humor; Jefferson very little But they were alike in their devotion to their country At first they were ardent co revolutionaries then fellow diplomats and close friends With the advent of the two political parties they became archrivals even enemies in the intense. This is a must read for anyone interested in the American Revolution I would call this David McCullough's masterpiece except I've read several of his remarkable books including Truman and The Wright Brothers and they are all so good I don't think I could pick a favorite But let's get back to John Adams who along with Thomas Jefferson and George Washington was a critical founder of America If you've seen the impressive HBO miniseries based on this book starring Paul Giamatti and the amazing Laura Linney as Abigail Adams you already know the outline of events John Adams was a lawyer in Massachusetts and after the Boston Massacre in 1770 he agreed to defend the British soldiers arguing that facts are stubborn things Despite widespread anger toward the British John Adams won the caseMeanwhile the colonists were growing increasingly dissatisfied with their English overlords especially with their taxation without representation When a Continental Congress was formed in Philadelphia Adams was chosen to represent Massachusetts It was there that he found his voice in politics and met the other men who helped design the American government we know today Adams was also sent to France and England as an ambassador and the stories of him abroad were charming in their fish out of water ness Oh and let's not forget Adams became our second president and his son John uincy Adams became our sixth In short John Adams lived an amazing and full life and had an impact on history that few have the opportunity to do Aside from being a fascinating person what really makes this biography shine are the passages from letters that John and Abigail wrote to each other This is where McCullough excels as a writer of history in weaving together the best uotes and stories and making the narrative flow as smoothly as a novelI came away from this book a great admirer of John Adams and grateful that he was in the right place and the right time to help build this new country He was smart and fair but also stubborn and vain He was a good man with flaws as many of us are As I write this Hamilton the musical is a huge hit on Broadway but in my mind John Adams deserves his own showFavorite uotesThe source of our suffering has been our timidity We have been afraid to think Let us dare to read think speak write Our obligations to our country never cease but with our livesSo it was done the break was made in words at least on July 2 1776 in Philadelphia the American colonies declared independence If not all thirteen clocks had struck as one twelve had and with the other silent the effect was the same It was John Adams than anyone who had made it happen Further he seems to have understood clearly than any what a momentous day it was and in the privacy of two long letters to Abigail he poured out his feelings as did no one else 'The second day of July 1776 will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival It ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade with shows games sports guns bells bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever 'I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy geography natural history naval architecture navigation commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study paintings poetry music architecture statuary tapestry and porcelain The longer I live the

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DOWNLOAD Ü John Adams Î The enthralling often surprising story of John Adams one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever livedIn this powerful epic biography David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of John Adams the brilliant fiercely independent often irascible always honest Yankee patriot the colossus of independence as ThomasStruggle for the presidency in 1800 perhaps the most vicious election in history Then amazingly they became friends again and ultimately incredibly they died on the same day their day of days July 4 in the year 1826 Much about John Adams's life will come as a surprise to many readers His courageous voyage on the frigate Boston in the winter of 1778 and his later trek over the Pyrenees are exploits that few would have dared and that few readers will ever forget It is a life encompassing a huge arc Adams lived longer than any president The story ranges from the Boston Massacre to Philadelphia in 1776 to the Versailles of Louis XVI from Spain to Amsterdam from the Court of St James's where Adams was the first American to stand before King George III as a representative of the new nation to the raw half finished Capital by the Potomac where Adams was the first President to occupy the White House 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 conseuences of noble ideas Above all John Adams is an enthralling often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever live. McCullough dazzled with his depiction of Harry Truman and brings that passion now to look at the life of John Adams As he tackles the daunting task of bringing this Founding Father and former president to life through a plethora of research and historical tomes McCullough illustrates the varied life Adams lived and the complexities of his journey Presenting Adams as both a man of the people and a politically minded gentleman McCullough shows how he shaped the formation of the United States and led it through its early years Crossing paths with numerous greats Adams not only took from them but also added some of his own ideas which benefitted all who took the time to synthesise the discussion Throughout the biography McCullough shows three predominant sides to Adams all of which play an important part in his entire personality Adams the advocate the political leader and the family man though not necessarily in that order of importance Written in a clear and fluid manner McCullough does an amazing job of showing John Adams to be than a stuffy politician who signed the Declaration of Independence I have new found respect and admiration for Adams and took way so much from this one book as I do whenever I give McCullough the chance to teachMcCullough makes reference throughout that Adams enjoyed playing the role of advocate especially for the underprivileged In his early years as a lawyer Adams handled defending those whom others would not assist citing that he wanted to grow both in his knowledge of the law as well as strongly believing that everyone deserved a proper defence McCullough shows that Adams sought to use his way with words both the written and spoken to present as strong a case as possible no matter the defendant One might extend this advocacy to Adams' role in Philadelphia where he acted as one of Massachusetts' representatives at the Continental Congress Adams planted the seed of formal independence from Britain in the minds of many through speeches and shaped legislation McCullough comments that Adams sought to advocate as vociferously as possible against the oppressive George III and tried to promote the idea of an independent country whose rights ought to be held in Congress not some far off parliament with no representation McCullough illustrates Adams' passion for independence and while some of the pre conference happenings receive but a passing mention Boston Tea Party for example the actual constitutional discussions at the Congress receives much attention and exemplifies how Adams shone repeatedly After declaring their independent interests in 1776 Congress sent Adams abroad to advocate for treaties of support and commerce in France as well as peace with England when it became clear that George III's armies would be no match for Washington's forces Congress went so far as to appoint Adams as the first Ambassador to the Court of St James' an awkward honour in which Adams thrived While these were by no means simplistic jobs Adams took them as challenges in which personal growth was assured McCullough depicts the trials and tribulations throughout these journeys binding them together with the thread of intense interest to advocate for what Adams felt was right for allAs a political leader Adams looked past his own interests and pushed ideas of the greater whole while working in Congress and overseas The oft stated belief that a leader ought to look outside themselves and seek what is best for the entire populace may have been based on Adams' life as he tried to lead others when little or no precedent existed Working to create a constitution for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Adams drew on s