Pulitzer Prize, Biography/Autobiography, 2002In 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.
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"Brilliant...a winner." (Publishers Weekly)
"McCullough writes to be heard as well as read." (AudioFile)
Exceptional book a must read for every American who wants to understand how difficult the American Revolution really was and how a few brave individuals changed the world.
Have listened to this twice during life challenges as it provides wonderful insights to life. I could go on and on - listen and see if he is not a hero of yours.
David McCullough has written yet another fascinating book. The narrator was almost as good as McCullough himself. This book is very well done.
Great story about the sacrifice and the strength of character that John items displayed. The story was excellent and so was The narration. I greatly enjoyed this book.
I can't say enough about this book. McCullough is an amazing writer, weaving the own words of these founding fathers & mothers into the text so seamlessly as to tell a rich and engaging story that is anything but mundane historical facts. I am putting every one of his books on my wish list.
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