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John Adams - The Complete HBO Series [DVD] [2009]
John Adams - The Complete HBO Series [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Paul Giamatti
Price: £13.30

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent adaptation, 8 Feb 2010
Having read the biography on which the series is based, I was a little sceptical that the essence could be captured in a 6 to 7 hour series. My concerns were unfounded. The complexities of Adams' character and the extraordinary relationship with his wife, Abigail, were portrayed in masterful fashion, as were the tragedies that befell their family. Although foreshortened, the political upheavals in France, Britain and what was about to become the USA were clearly illustrated. What I most enjoyed were the lively relationships between the key figures of the day - Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and George Washington - which developed not only in the Continental Congress meetings but also during sojourns in Paris and London. Representation of these locations was an interesting contrast with living conditions in Boston and Philadelphia, which cities were growing fast and subject to annual epidemics of cholera and yellow fever. The story of Adams and his time is fascinating.

Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945
by Tony Judt
Edition: Hardcover

20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly informative, 17 April 2006
Although a reasonably well-read European, I was stunned by how much I learned from Postwar. It is an amazing work that tracks European development from 1945 to 2005 in political, economical, social and cultural terms. Key political figures as well as philosophers, writers and film-makers are portrayed in the context of their times and circumstances. Their impact at national as well as pan-European levels suddenly make more sense. It seems to me balanced and objective where assessments or judgements are made. I also loved the language and was glad that there were not interminable notes to interrupt the page-turning. This is a book I will read again.

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