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John Adams Paperback – 15 Jul 2002

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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; 1st Touchstone Ed edition (15 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743223136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743223133
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gordon S. Wood The New York Review of Books By far the best biography of Adams ever written...McCullough's special gift as an artist is his ability to re-create past human beings in all their fullness and all their humanity. In John and Abigail he has found characters worthy of his talent.

Walter Isaacson Time A masterwork of storytelling.

Michiko Kakutani The New York Times Lucid and compelling...[Written] in a fluent narrative style that combines a novelist's sense of drama with a scholar's meticulous attention to the historical record.

Marie Arana The Washington Post McCullough is one of our most gifted living writers.

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A biography of the extraordinary man who became the second president of the United States, this book traces John Adams' adventurous life and spirited rivalry with Thomas Jefferson, and encompasses both the American Revolution and the birth of the young republic. David McCullough describes the childhood, youth and coming of age of Adams, the fiercely driven Massachusetts farmer-lawyer whose marriage to Abigail is one of the great real-life love stories. He also tells the story of his lifelong rival Thomas Jefferson, the Virginia planter and slave-owner. Through their lives, McCullough explores the extraordinary factors that transformed 13 colonies into a united nation that eventually brought these two distinctly dissimilar men to the presidency.

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