The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams

The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams

by Stacy Schiff
The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams

The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams

by Stacy Schiff


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In the pack of well-known founding fathers, Samuel Adams, second cousin to President John Adams, has remained an enigma. In The Revolutionary, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and biographer Stacy Schiff, teases out a captivating, detailed portrait of this historical actor and the Revolution he helped make, revealing the fiery orator, fierce patriot, master of tactics, strategy, and motivation; a pivotal figure, confident in conviction, yet most comfortable behind the curtain. Once again Schiff offers new, exciting perspective on what we thought familiar.

Thomas Jefferson once asserted that "for depth of purpose, zeal, and sagacity, no man in Congress exceeded, if any equaled, Sam Adams." John Adams called him "the most elegant writer, the most sagacious politician, and celebrated patriot perhaps of all." But in spite of his celebrated status among America's founding fathers as a revolutionary leader, Samuel Adams' life and achievements have been largely overshadowed in the history books.

Now, in The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams​, Stacy Schiff brings her masterful skill as historian and storyteller to the life of Samuel Adams, examining his transformation from the listless, failing son of a wealthy family into the tireless, silver-tongued revolutionary who rallied the likes of John Hancock and John Adams behind him. Gripping and revelatory, this book is a long-overdue chapter in the history of the American Revolution.

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ISBN-13: 9780316441117
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/25/2022
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 945
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Stacy Schiff is the author of Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov), winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Saint-Exupéry, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America, winner of the George Washington Book Prize and the Ambassador Book Award; Cleopatra: A Life, winner of the PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for biography; and most recently, The Witches:Salem, 1692. Schiff has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she lives in New York City.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

October 26, 1961

Place of Birth:

Adams, Massachusetts


B.A., Williams College, 1982

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