John Adams
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His first book since Truman, from one of America's most distinguished and popular biographers. Destined for the same kind of sweeping success as his Pulitzer Prize-winning Truman, John Adams is a powerful, deeply moving biography that reads like an epic historical novel. Breathing fresh life into American history, it takes as its subject the extraordinary man who became the second president of the United States. A man whose adventurous life and spirited rivalry with Thomas Jefferson encompasses both the American Revolution and the birth of the young republic. Deftly written with a brilliant eye for detail, McCullough describes the childhood, youth and coming of age of Adams, the fiercely driven Massachusetts farmer-lawyer whose marriage to Abigail is one of the great real-life love stories. He also tells the story of his lifelong rival Jefferson, the Virginia planter and slaveowner. Through their lives, McCullough explores the extraordinary factors that transformed thirteen colonies into an united nation that eventually brought these two distinctly dissimilar men to the presidency. Sweeping the reader from America to Europe, and combining a cast of compelling characters with probing explorations of politics, courage, idealism, love, friendship and life, John Adams, is bound to be the most talked about book of the autumn.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 752 pages
  • 157.48 x 238.76 x 43.18mm | 1,065.94g
  • Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • illustrations (some colour) facsimiles, maps, plan, portraits (some colour)
  • 0684813637
  • 9780684813639
  • 288,003

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Michiko Kakutani "The New York Times" Lucid and compelling...[Written] in a fluent narrative style that combines a novelist's sense of drama with a scholar's meticulous attention to the historical record.

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Table of contents

Contents Part I: Revolution CHAPTER ONE: The Road to Philadelphia CHAPTER TWO: True Blue CHAPTER THREE: Colossus of Independence Part II: Distant Shores CHAPTER FOUR: Appointment to France CHAPTER FIVE: Unalterably Determined CHAPTER SIX: Abigail in Paris CHAPTER SEVEN: London Part III: Independence Forever CHAPTER EIGHT: Heir Apparent CHAPTER NINE: Old Oak CHAPTER TEN: Statesman CHAPTER ELEVEN: Rejoice Ever More CHAPTER TWELVE: Journey's End ACKNOWLEDGMENTS SOURCE NOTES BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX

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