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Samuel Adams: A Life | [Ira Stoll]

Samuel Adams: A Life

Ira Stoll's fascinating biography not only restores this figure to his rightful place in history but portrays him as a man of God whose skepticism of a powerful central government, uncompromising support for freedom of the press, concern about the influence of money on elections, voluble love of liberty, and selfless endurance in a war for freedom has enormous relevance to Americans today.
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Ira Stoll places Samuel Adams, the "forgotten Founding Father," in historical context, delving into how his Puritan sensibilities informed his vision of independence. Paul Boehmer competently handles the task of narrating extended passages of Adams's writings in the slightly foreign-sounding English of the Colonial period, although his attempts to give a British accent to British quotes detract from the overall delivery. With its overabundance of repetitive text, listening to this work is often tediously reminiscent of a college history course, but the importance of this "apostle of liberty" and his influence on our national psyche make this chapter of American history vital to understanding how the past informs our present and our view of ourselves as God's new "chosen people."

Publisher's Summary

"I pity Mr. Sam Adams," his cousin John Adams wrote to his wife, "for he was born a Rebel." At virtually every juncture of the American Revolution, from the Boston Massacre and Tea Party to Lexington and Concord and the ratification of the Constitution, Samuel Adams played a forceful role. With his fiery rhetoric and religious fervor, he was in many respects the moral conscience of the new nation. "The love of liberty," he thundered, "is interwoven in the soul of man, and can never be totally extinguished."

And yet history has neglected him; today Samuel Adams is best known as a brand of beer. As relations with Great Britain healed in the 19th century, historians were all too willing to dismiss him as a zealot; Adams's distrust of secularism (he envisioned America as a "Christian Sparta") has not endeared him to many contemporary scholars, either. Ira Stoll's fascinating biography not only restores this figure to his rightful place in history but portrays him as a man of God whose skepticism of a powerful central government, uncompromising support for freedom of the press, concern about the influence of money on elections, voluble love of liberty, and selfless endurance in a war for freedom has enormous relevance to Americans today.

©2008 Ira Stoll; (P)2008 Tantor

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 02-03-15
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 02-03-15 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Rabble Rousing man of the Common People"

    Samuel Adams (1722-1803) was one of the founding fathers that historians have not written much about. I recently read “Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation” by Harlow Giles Unger as part of my attempt to read about the lesser known founding fathers.

    Stoll’s book provides basic information but unfortunately is not an in-depth biography. Adams’s father sold beer malt and also was christened Samuel. Before hostilities began Adams the younger was a fiery journalist writing under a variety of pen names. He made invaluable contributions to the revolution. Samuel Adams and John Hancock were hiding from the British in Lexington and heard the first shot of the revolution. Samuel Adams was John Adams cousin. John Adams was the second president of the United States.

    Before and after the revolution Adams devoted much of his life to public service, as a reprehensive to Continental congresses, a state legislator, lieutenant governor and the governor of Massachusetts. He also helped create the Massachusetts constitution.
    Stoll quotes frequently from Adam’s published articles and correspondence. Adams likes to compare American’s revolutionaries with the biblical Israelites. The author argues that Adams’s religious belief fueled his revolutionary zeal. Adams apparently believed that religion should be the heart of American life.

    I found the book a good general overview of Samuel Adams life but the book was just too short to cover anything other than a basic overview. If your are interested in the early history of the United States this is a book for you. Paul Boehmer narrated the book.

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    scott bowlby 01-15-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Not just a biography. Must-read American History!"

    I listened to this book at the suggestion of a friend, and I was very impressed! I had no idea how much I did not know about Samuel Adams. I discovered a lot of new details I didn't know surrounding many historical events in American history, like Paul Revere's ride and the creation of the U.S. Constitution. I thought Chapters 6 and 7 were worth the price of the book all by themselves! Even if you don't think you are interested in this founding father, if you are interested in American History, you need to listen to this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christine Moncks Corner, SC, United States 08-06-10
    Christine Moncks Corner, SC, United States 08-06-10
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    "Fact filled book"

    An educated view of the man and I felt a lot of information shoved in this long
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    Michael 12-12-11
    Michael 12-12-11
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    Where does Samuel Adams rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very informative, but i had a hard to staying with it, kind of dry. I usually listen to these as I sleep, this one, was average.


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    David gillsville, GA, United States 10-14-10
    David gillsville, GA, United States 10-14-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointing"

    Ira Stoll's Sam Adams is lifeless. I was looking for a vibrant life story, but instead heard about sermons, letters or newspaper clippings of one thing or another. Sam Adams is one of my childhood heroes and this book didn't do him justice. I set the audio aside after listening to the first half of the book.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Phillip GRANT, AL, United States 04-26-09
    Phillip GRANT, AL, United States 04-26-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Horrific"

    At least I got this for 50% off. This audio book was absolutely painful to listen to and I could only make it to about the 1 hour mark, about 5 times as long as I should have. It should be titled something like "Religious Speeches and Articles During the Time of Samuel Adams", or something like that because 1 hour into it there are maybe a couple of paragraphs about Adams. Big disappointment.

    4 of 21 people found this review helpful
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