The Portable John Adams

The Portable John Adams

by John Adams, Jack Diggins
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The Portable John Adams by John Adams

In addition to being an uncompromising defender of liberty, esteemed diplomat, and successor to George Washington, John Adams was a passionate and prolific writer. Adams biographer John Patrick Diggins gathers an impressive variety of his works in this compact, original volume, including parts of his diary and autobiography, and selections from his rich correspondence with this wife, Abigail, Thomas Jefferson, and others. The Portable John Adams also features his most important political works: “A Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law,” “Thoughts on Government,” “A Defense of Constitutions,” “Novanglus,” and “Discources in Davila.” There is no finer introduction to the protean genius of this seminal American philosopher.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440650963
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/29/2004
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 576
File size: 565 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Adams (1735-1826), educated as a lawyer at Harvard, was the Massachusetts delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses. During the Revolutionary War, he served abroad in diplomatic roles and helped negotiate the peace treaty. After serving as Vice President for two terms under George Washington, he was subsequently elected President.

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Upstate_New_Yorker 10 months ago
The Portable John Adams is a good selection of Adams's writings from age 20 to age 80+. The core of these writings argues for the essential role of a government of checks and balances as necessary protection for the rights of citizens. Along with formal writings, the volume contains a lifetime of lively correspondence that gives you insight into this remarkable Founding Father, perhaps second in importance only to George Washington.