Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution

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Winner of the 2007 Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award!

Samuel Adams is perhaps the most unheralded and overshadowed of the founding fathers, yet without him there would have been no American Revolution. A genius at devising civil protests and political maneuvers that became a trademark of American politics, Adams astutely forced Britain into coercive military measures that ultimately led to the irreversible split in the empire. His remarkable political career addresses all the ...

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Overview

Winner of the 2007 Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award!

Samuel Adams is perhaps the most unheralded and overshadowed of the founding fathers, yet without him there would have been no American Revolution. A genius at devising civil protests and political maneuvers that became a trademark of American politics, Adams astutely forced Britain into coercive military measures that ultimately led to the irreversible split in the empire. His remarkable political career addresses all the major issues concerning America's decision to become a nation — from the notion of taxation without representation to the Declaration of Independence. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams all acknowledged that they built our nation on Samuel Adams' foundations. Now, in this riveting biography, his story is finally told and his crucial place in American history is fully recognized.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The argument of this brisk biography is summed up by the subtitle: Sam Adams (1722-1803)-whom most Americans know principally as that jolly guy on the beer bottles-was a major architect of American independence. Indeed, he was the only founding father to argue for independence from England before shots were fired at Lexington. A native Bostonian and brilliant political strategist, Adams led the protests in the 1760s over the Sugar and Stamp Acts, as well as the 1773 Boston Tea Party. After war broke out, he slowly nudged other leaders toward a decisive commitment to independence; Puls quotes Thomas Jefferson's description of Adams as "the fountain of our more important measures." Puls follows Adams's distinguished post-Revolutionary career: he weighed in on the Constitution and served as governor of Massachusetts. But, argues Puls (co-author of Uncommon Valor: A Story of Race, Patriotism, and Glory in the Final Battles of the Civil War), Adams was mainly interested in local politics, and sought neither fame nor leadership in the early republic. This account lacks some of the everyday details that enliven biographies-in large part, no doubt, because Adams destroyed much of his correspondence. Still, early American history buffs will enjoy Puls's fine study. Illus. 50,000 first printing. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A brief, sharply focused biography of the mastermind behind the American colonies' break with England, and the drive for independence. Now that McCullough's John Adams (2001) and Chernow's Alexander Hamilton (2004) have removed those luminaries' names from the list of America's most underrated Founders, how about Samuel Adams? Former Detroit News reporter Puls acknowledges that Adams's work was hampered by his destruction of correspondence and privateFully restores Adams to his rightful place as an indispensable provocateur of American liberty. First printing of 50,000
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"In the midst of the current surge of interest in the founders, the most conspicuous absence is Samuel Adams, an absence that most of his peers would have found inexplicable. Here, at last, is a new life of the man that recovers his crucial role as the Lenin of the American Revolution."—Joseph J. Ellis, bestselling author of Founding Brothers

"Mark Puls has restored Sam Adams to his rightful place in the spotlight on the revolutionary stage. Puls' Adams is less the hotheaded rabble rouser of popular mythology than a kind of intellectual field marshall—yet one who had the audacity to put ideas to work when the time came to dump tea in Boston harbor. What a character, and what a drama!"—James Tobin, award-winning author of To Conquer the Air

"Required reading for anyone with even the slightest interest in how the United States of America came into existence."—Melvin Claxton, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism

“A brief, sharply focused biography of the mastermind behind the American colonies’ break with England, and the drive for independence. . . . Fully restores Adams to his rightful place as an indispensable provocateur of American liberty.”—Kirkus

“Early American history buffs will enjoy Puls’ fine study.”—Publishers Weekly

“Amid narrative attention to Adams’ activity in assemblies, Puls ably dramatizes selected historical scenes such as the Boston Tea Party, giving history readers a restored sense of Adams’ critical role in events.”—Gilbert Taylor, Booklist

“More than beer. . . [This] new biography finally gives Boston’s often underappreciated son of liberty his due.”—Boston Magazine

“Puls has written a highly readable biography of this fascinating man. Focusing on Adams’ writing and tactics, [Puls] documents in meticulous detail how a man—armed with little else except his words—triggered a revolution and helped construct the foundations for a new nation. In crisp prose, Puls builds a convincing case that Adams left his indelible mark on all the major issues of the day. . . . Puls has restored Adams to his rightful place in our history. His new books breathes new life into Adams’ legacy, showing the values he instilled continue to define our country even today.”—The Tucson Citizen

"Puls' book goes a long way toward creating the day when, one hopes, Sam Adams will set the standard for good politicians every bit as much as he does for good beer."—New York Post

"Any Founding Father who ends his days in such a fighting spirit deserves still more of our attention. Samuel Adams is a good place to start."—The Wall Street Journal

"This is an excellent book for those wanting to explore America's heritage and political history."— Lt. Cmdr. Youssef Aboul-Enein, MSC, USN Naval District Washington, The Waterline

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403975829
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/3/2006
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 630,693
  • Product dimensions: 6.47 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Puls is the author of Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution, winner of the Fraunces Tavern award, and co-author of Uncommon Valor: A Story of Race, Patriotism and Glory in the Final Battles of the Civil War. Puls has worked as a journalist for The Detroit News.

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  • Posted August 27, 2009

    Best book in print for adults

    There are a number of books to choose from on Samuel Adams but this book is the best place to start. It is fair, balanced, easy to read and well researched.
    My only criticism is that it is not longer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2008

    The one man responsible for the United States

    I am shocked and amazed. Shocked that I never knew the critical role that Samuel Adams played in what is now the United States. I am amazed at how he was able to start with a clear idea of rights and liberty and then influence first Boston, then Massachusetts, New Enland, and finally all 13 colonies. He did this through study and decades of writings that were distributed and internalized by the colonists. Samuel Adams was fearless, unwavering, and absolutely brilliant. He got thousands of people into action - and led them to make difficult choices at that. Mark Puls gave such a clear narrative while giving a valuble context to the unfolding story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2008

    About time

    A fine bio. of a forgotten founder without whose prodding war might not have happened for many years, perhaps until Washington was to old to be in charge

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2008

    A Great Book about the Father of the American Revolution!

    This books tells of how Adams put together the Colonists to act for their own freedoms. Tells a lot about how he was very vocal and took great pains to tell the truth against the British and their occupying military. He went on to become governor of Mass and in his older age did not want attention for his accomplishments because he felt that people should have their individual rights and leaving limited powers to the government. Very informative and uplifting to see what they went through to give us what we have today. Does not talk about his beer companies much and is somewhat short.

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