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John Adams

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A biography of the extraordinary man who became the second president of the United States, this book traces John Adams' adventurous life and spirited rivalry with Thomas Jefferson, and encompasses both the American Revolution and the birth of the young republic. David 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 Thomas Jefferson, the Virginia planter and slave-owner. Through their lives, McCullough explores the extraordinary factors that transformed 13 colonies into a united nation that eventually brought these two distinctly dissimilar men to the presidency.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 752 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 36mm | 1,038.72g
  • Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Trade Paperback.
  • 2-16 pp b-w insert; 1-8 pp color insert
  • 0743223136
  • 9780743223133
  • 65,178

Review quote

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

Table of contents

ContentsPart I: RevolutionCHAPTER ONE: The Road to PhiladelphiaCHAPTER TWO: True BlueCHAPTER THREE: Colossus of IndependencePart II: Distant ShoresCHAPTER FOUR: Appointment to FranceCHAPTER FIVE: Unalterably DeterminedCHAPTER SIX: Abigail in ParisCHAPTER SEVEN: LondonPart III: Independence ForeverCHAPTER EIGHT: Heir ApparentCHAPTER NINE: Old OakCHAPTER TEN: StatesmanCHAPTER ELEVEN: Rejoice Ever MoreCHAPTER TWELVE: Journey's EndACKNOWLEDGMENTSSOURCE NOTESBIBLIOGRAPHYINDEXshow more

Review Text

Gordon S. Wood The New York Review of Books By far the best biography of Adams ever written...McCullough's special gift as an artist is his ability to re-create past human beings in all their fullness and all their humanity. In John and Abigail he has found characters worthy of his talent.show more
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