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Posted April 25, 2000
Timothy M. Harris, M.A.
John Adams: A Life is an excellent one- volume biography of our second president. Ferling attempts to understand both the public and private Adams, hence making this study even more valuable. Adams's relation with his wife and family is highlighted. Abigail's grief and loneliness during the frequent absences of her husband is masterfully crafted within the narrative. Ferling portrays the very human side of Adams, his weaknesses, his burning desire to succeed, and his terrible personal loss of two children. Well researched and powerfully written, Ferling's biography of John Adams is well worth reading. The only negatives are the many misspelled words which interrupt the narrative flow. In addition, Ferling does not spend, in my opinion, adequate time discussing the post presidential life of Adams. This period is glossed over and leaves the reader seeking more information. Despite this, Ferling's book is a moving account of this most misunderstood founding father. An excellent book. Highly recommended.
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