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John Adams

John Adams

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Book Overview: John Adams

The Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling biography of America's founding father and second president that was the basis for the acclaimed HBO series, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough.

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 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.

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ISBN-139780743223133
ISBN-100743223136
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication Date2002-09-03
Edition1st Touchstone
Languageen
Pages752
Dimensionsin x in x in
Weight lbs

"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." — Gordon S. Wood, The New York Review of Books

"A masterwork of storytelling." — Walter Isaacson, Time

"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." — Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

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

David McCullough, a renowned and celebrated American author, is historically recognized for his eloquent documentaries, detailed biographies, and enlightening histories. Born in 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, McCullough earned his English Literature degree from Yale University. It was here that he discovered his prolific talent, stemming from his deep fascination with American history and culture. McCullough has written on varied historical topics including the Panama Canal, the Brooklyn Bridge, John Adams, and Harry Truman. His works, with two - "Truman" and "John Adams"- winning Pulitzer Prizes, are distinguished by meticulous research and a distinctive narrative voice. His monumental achievements also envelop Emmy, Grammy, and National Book awards, making him one of America's most honored writers. Apart from writing, McCullough's charismatic voice is notable in his narration of various documentaries including 'The Civil War.' This octogenarian’s ability to make history come alive with eloquence and insight continues to delight readers and listeners. With a personalized style and insatiable curiosity that brings the past to the present, David McCullough remains a towering figure in historical literature.

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