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John Adams

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Edward Herrmann

9 Hours 0 Minutes

Simon & Schuster

May 2001

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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 thought, wrote, and spoke out for the 'Great Cause' come what might, who traveled far and wide in all seasons and often at extreme risk; who rose to become the second President of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was rightly celebrated for his integrity, 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.
Much about John Adam's life will come as a surprise to many. His rocky relationship with friend and eventual archrival Thomas Jefferson, his courageous voyage on the frigate Boston in the winter of 1778 and his later trek over the Pyrenees are exploits few would have dared and that few listeners will ever forget.
Like his masterful, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Truman, David McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale -- an audiobook 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, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

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  • Taylor Sheldon

    I just love Davids books! I've read almost all all them now! this one and 1776 being the best. just makes me adore our founding fathers so much! so happy someone took the time to share such valuable information with us.

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  • Dudley Buck

    As usual, David McCullough has written another masterpiece. I have become a huge John Adams fan after listening to the unabridged audio book. He was one of the most important people of his time, and I gained a valuable insight into his life and times.

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  • Anonymous

    I thought a great book and I love this narrator. If you love biographies you should enjoy this one. Adams definitely does not get enough respect.

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  • Tom

    John Adams had such an incredible life and was a driving force for the American Revolution. I enjoyed learning about all of his talents.

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  • RHM

    What an outstanding portrait of a leader in the most important of times in America's brief lineage. Not only does this narration dramatically illustrate the trials that our founding fathers bore through in creating this nation, but it also serves as a critical tool in demonstrating how the political traits and fallibilites of our founders were no different than those we see today.As John Adams himself is quoted as saying, in his lifetime human nature had not changed, even though everything else around it did.....nor would it ever.

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  • Anonymous

    If you are interested in American History listen to this book. McCullough does an excellent job of bringing this indispensable member of the true "Greatest Generation" to life. I opted for the abridged version, 9 discs as opposed to 30 for the unabridged. It was so informative and entertaining it made me wish I had ordered the unabridged version. If you didn't already know, it will make you realize how far we have fallen in regard to our present political leaders. In that respect in can be a bit depressing.

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  • KA

    The author is clearly a big fan of John Adams...and this book seems to be intended to convince others as well. I honestly didn't know anything about John Adams before reading this book and yet very, very little was surprising or all that interesting. I was hoping the book would dimensionalize a significant figure in our nations history --- instead we are given an account of his life through rose colored glasses.

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  • Anonymous

    This is an excellent review of an early period in the history and evolution of the United States. The author does an excellent job describing the relationship between John Adams and his wife, as well as the relationship between Adams and Thomas Jefferson, and how it changed sevaral times over the years. I was fascinated by the early workings of the political parties, and how the rules have changed over time (i.e. The Republican and Federalist parties each put forward a candidate; the winner became President and the loser Vice President). There is information here that is not contained in our history lessons. While I would not describe myself as a student of history, reading this book makes me want to read more historical works, and I have added several to my book shelf. Anthony

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  • Fabian Janssen

    I really enjoyed this book! John and Abigail Adams were people I would like to have known personally and their part in our country's history was monumental. Excellent!

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  • Laureen C

    Fabulous book! I enjoyed it immensely! Great narrator. I just can't recommend it highly enough! McCullough is a wonderful historian and brings John Adams and his family and friends to life.

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