John Adams: A Life

John Adams: A Life

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by John Ferling
     
 

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'Better than any other full-scale biography to date, Ferling's book places Adams in the context of his swirling times and makes clear why he deserves our admiration for his apolitical courage and stubborn independence. See more details below

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'Better than any other full-scale biography to date, Ferling's book places Adams in the context of his swirling times and makes clear why he deserves our admiration for his apolitical courage and stubborn independence.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Historian Ferling presents the highly eventful life and times of the second president. (June)
Library Journal
John Adams will always fascinate historians, if only because he left so many introspective ruminations. Ferling, the biographer of George Washington ( The First of Men , LJ 8/88) masterfully reinterprets these and other writings. Ferling relies heavily on outstanding recent investigations of Adams's family, especially his wife Abigail. His solid, comprehensive, moving biography sees Adams as a ``one-dimensional man'' who sacrificed his family to a relentless pursuit of recognition and fame. ``America's first great nationalist,'' the self-styled ``John Yankee'' could be petty, vain, self-centered, acerbic, and his social skills were extremely limited. He was not a military leader. But he drove himself with intellect and ambition to the front of the Revolution. Ferling emphasizes Adams's compuslive need for personal sacrifice as a substitute for military service. This is an outstanding biography; Adams will not have to be redone for this generation.-- Harry W. Fritz, Univ. of Montana, Missoula
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"Better than any other full-scale biography to date, Ferling's book places Adams in the context of his swirling times and makes clear why he deserves our admiration for his political courage and stubborn independence."--Joseph J. Ellis, The New England Quarterly

"A comprehensive and readable exploration of a fascinating and important statesman, whose life continues to remind us that honesty, integrity, and independence can be political virtues."--William and Mary Quarterly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870497308
Publisher:
University of Tennessee Press
Publication date:
02/01/1992
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.90(d)

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