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Here is a fresh look at this astute, likably quirky statesman by a prize-winning biographer. In his new preface, Joseph Ellis discusses why Adams is enjoying a modern-day revival.
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Overview

Here is a fresh look at this astute, likably quirky statesman by a prize-winning biographer. In his new preface, Joseph Ellis discusses why Adams is enjoying a modern-day revival.
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Editorial Reviews

Judith Shulevitz
His best book. . . . Ellis's knack for bringing historical figures to life seems to natural you can't imagine him doing anything else. —The New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Decreeing our second president the ``most misconstrued and underappreciated `great man' in American history,'' Ellis, a history professor at Mount Holyoke College, sets out to recover the Adams legacy obscured by the ``triumph of liberalism.'' His notable study focuses on Adams (1735-1826) in retirement in Quincy, Mass., starting in 1801. Drawing on Adams's correspondence, his journalism and his marginalia in the books he read, Ellis shows the one-term president during his first 12 years of private life fulminating over the country's direction, then mellowing. But Adams would remain oppositional and tart: ``Was there ever a Coup de Theatre that had so great an effect as Jefferson's penmanship of the Declaration of Independence?'' Ellis argues that Adams, incapable of political self-protection and with an insufferable personal integrity, internalized what he viewed as the nation's failings--ambition, lust for distinction, etc.--and struggled to keep a check on such qualities within himself. He and Jefferson differed fundamentally on the meaning of the American Revolution; their disagreement, according to Ellis, was not about means but about ends: Jefferson made ``a religion of the people,'' Adams proposed that democratization should be evolutionary. Photos. (May)
Library Journal
Of all the brilliant cast of characters who brought the United States into being, none is more noteworthy or more controversial than John Adams. In this biography, Ellis (history, Mount Holyoke) focuses on the last part of Adams's life in an attempt to dissect and illuminate the contradictory nature of this great man. In this detailed yet readable account, the reader is told that ``Adams did not just read books. He battled them.'' One of his favorite authors was Bolingbroke, but he considered Voltaire a ``liar.'' A man like Adams is heard loudly through the centuries; collections of his letters will always be invaluable, but Ellis's work is an appropriate and well-researched adjunct to the original sources. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.-- Katherine Gillen, Mesa P.L., Ariz.
The New York Times
Impassioned and erudite. . . . A captivating portrait of this Massachusetts native as a wonderfully contrary genius possessed of an uncommon moral intelligence and farsighted political wisdom.— Michiko Kakutani
Wall Street Journal
The best portrait of a Revolutionary-era statesman.— Evan Thomas
Michiko Kakutani - The New York Times
“Impassioned and erudite. . . . A captivating portrait of this Massachusetts native as a wonderfully contrary genius possessed of an uncommon moral intelligence and farsighted political wisdom.”
Evan Thomas - Wall Street Journal
“The best portrait of a Revolutionary-era statesman.”
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A witty, clear, and thoughtful narrative of John Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of our nation and its second president. Sheds light on the man who was both contentious and lovable, generous and petty, and intellectually profound.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735100220
  • Publisher: Replica Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/1993
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 277
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph J. Ellis is Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke Collegeand author of the National Book Award-winning American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Founding Brothers, and Passionate Sage.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations 9
Preface 11
Memories: A Prologue 19
1 The Education of John Adams 26
2 History and Heroes 56
3 Irreverencies and Oppositions 84
4 The American Dialogue 113
5 Erudite Effusions 143
6 Intimacies 174
7 Legacies 205
Prophecies: An Epilogue 233
Notes 243
Index 273
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