John Adams Under Fire

The Founding Father's Fight for Justice in the Boston Massacre Murder Trial
Narrated by: Dan Abrams, Roger Wayne
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
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Now a New York Times best seller!

“An expert, extremely detailed account of John Adams’ finest hour.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Honoring the 250th Anniversary of the Boston Massacre

The New York Times best-selling author of Lincoln’s Last Trial and host of LivePD Dan Abrams and David Fisher tell the story of a trial that would change history.

History remembers John Adams as a Founding Father and our country’s second president. But in the tense years before the American Revolution, he was still just a lawyer, fighting for justice in one of the most explosive murder trials of the era. 

On the night of March 5, 1770, shots were fired by British soldiers on the streets of Boston, killing five civilians. The Boston Massacre has often been called the first shots of the American Revolution. As John Adams would later remember, “On that night the formation of American independence was born.” Yet when the British soldiers faced trial, the young lawyer Adams was determined that they receive a fair one. He volunteered to represent them, keeping the peace in a powder keg of a colony, and in the process created some of the foundations of what would become United States law. 

In this book, New York Times best-selling authors Dan Abrams and David Fisher draw on the trial transcript, using Adams’ own words to transport listeners to colonial Boston, a city roiling with rebellion, where British military forces and American colonists lived side by side, waiting for the spark that would start a war.

©2020 Dan Abrams and David Fisher (P)2020 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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A masterful historical presentation of the Boston Massacre told by the trial lawyer John Adams and reads like a suspense novel.

Never have I read a historical account that was so much like a Perry Mason novel or a “Who Done It” book that kept me on the edge of my seat. This is a must read that you can’t put down yet you are getting a history lesson at the same time.