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John Adams | [David McCullough]

John Adams

McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.
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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, Biography/Autobiography, 2002

In this powerful, epic biography, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life-journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution. Adams thought, wrote, and spoke out for the "Great Cause" come what might; he traveled far and wide in all seasons and often at extreme risk; he rose to become the second president of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; he was rightly celebrated for his integrity, and regarded by some as "out of his senses"; and his marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the most moving love stories in American history.

Much about Adams' life will come as a surprise to many. His rocky relationship with friend and eventual archrival Thomas Jefferson, his courageous voyage on the frigate Boston in the winter of 1778, and his later trek over the Pyrenees are exploits few would have dared and that few listeners will ever forget.

McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale, an audiobook about politics, war, and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

©2001 David McCullough; (P)2001 Recorded Books, All Rights Reserved; AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Brilliant...a winner." (Publishers Weekly)
"McCullough writes to be heard as well as read." (AudioFile)

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    Jim Springfield, VA 03-08-10
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    "Long and trying"

    If you want to know it about Adams its probably in there. But after a while it starts getting real old. It was a chore to finish this one and I enjoy history biographies.

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    Margaret Golden, CO, USA 05-26-08
    Margaret Golden, CO, USA 05-26-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Boring, boring, boring"

    Usually I'm sad when a book ends but I was relieved when this one ended, as it was quite a slog to get thru it. There are interesting parts and tidbits but a lot of it is boring. I almost gave up during the first couple of hours but then it improved a little bit so I kept going. It was more my curiosity about John Adams and the history of the time that kept me going rather than the quality of the book. The information is good but there's just something about the writing that makes it boring, which is a pity.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Brent Miller San Diego 05-16-08
    Brent Miller San Diego 05-16-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Slooooow"

    Too slow and dry for me. I gave up after the first 2 hours.

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    B. Elliott 05-02-08
    B. Elliott 05-02-08 Member Since 2007

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    I only made it through the first three hours and had enough. The writing was fine it was the subject matter that I found boring. John Adams was a lawyer, intelligent , was in the right place, said the right things at the right time and was a hard worker...the end

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