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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.

Critic Reviews

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

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The Best Book I've Ever Experienced

Very in depth. Very accurate. Very Informative. Very Entertaining.

This book was amazing. Just wow! I learned so much American history from this book that I honestly feel.......like a better American.

Just to be clear, this book is not just about John Adams. It covers the entire revolution and all the key players.

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Great read,

This is one of the easiest biographies to read/listen to. This is how they should write history books for school. “Audible 20 Re view Sweepstakes Entry”

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A very satisfying travel in our glory history

This is a brilliant book for listeners in commute. It tells the story of John Adams in such a brilliant approach. You can truly see John Adams as a hero and as a person. The book put the highlight of his career back into the daily life, which is just as charming. Thanks for transforming my past month commute into a wonderful journey.

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Excellent!

I will re-listen to this many times.

The history of the audio books of our US Presidents are my favorite.

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John Adams

Fantastic one volume biography of John Adams, definitely one of our most underrated presidents. The only issue I have with the recording is that you can often hear the narrator drinking and swallowing loudly. There were also a lot of pauses that were long enough to make me think the audiobook had paused. The book itself however is incredible, concise, and riveting. David McCullough is easily one of the greatest biographers and historians of his generation.

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a little long but great detail

detailed history of john Adams and the founding of our country. everyone should read this as well as thomas Jefferson and thomas Hamilton's history to get a balanced perspective.

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A Fine Reflection of a Fascinating Man

I thoroughly enjoyed this biography and learned a great deal about one of America's founding Fathers. The information is very well presented.

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The pauses between paragraphs were annoying but s

the pauses between paragraphs were annoying but still worth listening to. I highly recommend this

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Inestimable Contribution to Early American History

Cannot overstate what a breathtaking scope and literary masterpiece this was to gather original source material from correspondence, journals, diaries, public documents, newspapers, books in multiple languages to craft a rich biographical rendering of a public man (Adams) and his dear wife Abigail that popular historical perception has largely unrecognized. What was especially valuable was Adams's and his family's extreme industry, charity of spirit, confidence in divine providence, and happy disposition despite countless disappointments and difficulties. The narrator, Nelson Ruger's ability to approximate without distraction voices in accents, gender, and original tone was a pleasure to listen to. Thank you, David McCullough, for your many labors, a gift for generations to come!

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Simply Superb

What an incredible life John Adams lived. His tenacity, optimism, and longevity are all inspiring. He was a good man who lived honorably, loved his family, and dutifully served his country in its most critical, nascent stages. McCullough always does his subject matter justice, and after getting used to the narrator, I found his performance to be quite good. This should be mandatory reading for any student of American history.