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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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.About the Author:
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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Book Description Simon & Schuster, NY, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Later Printing. 751 page hardcover, includes illustrated endpapers, three groups of captioned illustrations (one in color), and an Index. "In 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.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 consequences of noble ideas. Above all, JOHN ADAMS is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived." New, unread copy: spine square/minor bumping at heel/TINY bit of bumping at head else the book is perfect with NO markings throughout. The dj has very minor rubbing, TINY bit of edge creasing else it's perfect, also, with no other flaws. NOT an ex-library, NOT a book club, NOT a remainder, dj NOT price-clipped ("$35.00"). New in New dj. Bookseller Inventory # 012141
Book Description Simon & Schuster, New York, London, Toronto, Sydney & Singapore, 2001. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. SUPERB: NEW 1st ed. hardcover 19th printing, new unclipped mylar-protected jacket showing orig. $35.00 price, new cover, immaculate text-block exterior, impeccable illus. sepia end-papers, new sewn binding w tight signatures, pristine interior handsomely printed on superb paper * 6.50" x 9.50" x 1.68", 1.18 kg, 751 pp. * In 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 2nd President of the United States & saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was learned beyond all but a few & regarded by some as "out of his senses"; & whose marriage to the wise & valiant Abigail Adams is one of the moving love stories in American history. Like his masterful Pulitzer Prize-winning biography "Truman", David McCullough's "John Adams" has the sweep & vitality of a great novel. It is both a riveting portrait of an abundantly human man & a vivid evocation of his time, much of it drawn from an outstanding collection of Adams family letters & diaries. In particular, the more than 1,000 surviving letters between John & Abigail Adams, nearly half of which have never been published, provide extraordinary access to their private lives & make it possible to know John Adams as no other major American of his founding era. As he has w/ stunning effect in his previous books, McCullough tells the story from within, from the point of view of the amazing 18th century & 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 & Jefferson's Paris "interest" Maria Cosway, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, scandal-monger James Callender, Sally Hemings, John Marshall, Talleyrand & Aaron Burr all figure in this panoramic chronicle, as does, importantly, John Quincy 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 & Jefferson, born opposites, one a Massachusetts farmer's son, the other a Virginia aristocrat & slaveholder, one short & stout, the other tall & 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 ardent co-revolutionaries, then fellow diplomats & close friends, w/ the advent of the 2 political parties they became arch-rivals, even enemies, in the intense struggle for the presidency in 1800, perhaps the most vicious election in history. Then, amazingly, they became friends again, & ultimately, incredibly, they died on the same day (their day of days) July 4, in the year 1826. Much about John Adams' life will come as a surprise to many readers. His courageous voyage on the frigate "Boston" in the winter of 1778 & his later trek over the Pyrenees are exploits that few would have dared & 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 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 & war & social issues & also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship & betrayal, & the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, "John Adams" is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important & fascinating Americans who ever lived. Bookseller Inventory # 006481
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