Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams

Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams

by Joseph J. Ellis, Joseph J. Ellis
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Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams by Joseph J. Ellis, Joseph J. Ellis

“Passionate Sage is [Ellis’s] best book.”—Judith Shulevitz, The New York Times Book Review
A fresh look at this astute, likably quirky statesman, by the author of the Pulitzer Award-winning Founding Brothers and the National Book Award winning American Sphinx. "The most lovable and most laughable, the warmest and possibly the wisest of the founding fathers, John Adams knew himself as few men do and preserved his knowledge in a voluminous correspondence that still resonates. Ellis has used it with great skill and perception not only to bring us the man, warts and all, but more importantly to reveal his extraordinary insights into the problems confronting the founders that resonate today in the republic they created."—Edmund S. Morgan, Sterling Professor of History Emeritus, Yale University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393311334
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/28/2001
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 234,075
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About 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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Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I only wish all history books were as well written as this. The greatest compliment I can offer, is that this book turned me into a history buff. I strongly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book paints a wonderfully-intimate portrait of John Adams as a geniune human being. Ellis avoids the idolatry that many historians seem to fall victim to when writing about the 'Founding Fathers' in portraying Adams as an important and unique member of these leading Americans while also preserving the humanity of his character. I've read many historical biographies, and this one stands out as one of the best.
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