"John Adams"

"John Adams"

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By (author) David McCullough

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Paperback | 768 pages
  • Dimensions: 108mm x 171mm x 25mm | 334g
  • Publication date: 6 October 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 141657588X
  • ISBN 13: 9781416575887
  • Edition: Media tie-in
  • Edition statement: Film tie-in ed
  • Illustrations note: , maps, frontispiece, black & white plates, colour plates
  • Sales rank: 81,854

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A huge bestseller in America, David McCullough's JOHN ADAMS tells the extraordinary story of 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 and who rose to become the second President of the United States. Both a riveting portrait of an abundantly human man and a vivid evocation of his time, JOHN ADAMS has the sweep and vitality of a great novel, taking us from the Boston Massacre to Philadelphia in 1776 to the Versailles of Louis XVI, from Spain to Amsterdam to London, where Adams was the first American to stand before King George III as a representative of the new nation. This is history on a grand scale -- a book about politics and war, but also about human nature, love, faith, virtue, ambition, friendship and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

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David McCullough is the author of several highly acclaimed works of biography and history including TRUMAN (for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993), BRAVE COMPANIONS, THE GREAT BRIDGE and THE JONESTOWN FLOOD. He has also won the LOS ANGELES TIMES Book Award and is twice winner of the National Book Award.

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By Roger Manley 19 Aug 2009 5

To gain some understanding of how the USA was born and the men of energy, bravery and intellect which created her you can do no better than to read David McCullough's excellent biography of "John Adams" the 2nd President and leading advocate of the Declaration of independence.rnrnTremendous research, fascination with his subject and the capitivating style of a story writer marks this author out as an excwellent writer, well deserving his Pulitzer Prize.rnrnIt is a lengthy read of some 650 pages but you will enjoy each one. If you are in a reading group or circle the book has sections at the end designed especially for you and your fellow readers.rnrnRoger Manley

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Marie Arana "The Washington Post" McCullough is one of our most gifted living writers.