John Adams

John Adams

The enthralling, often surprising story of John Adams, one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived. In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life-journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot -- "the colossus of independence," as Thomas Jefferson called him - The enthralling, often surprising story of John Adams, one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever l...

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Title:John Adams
Author:David McCullough
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Genres:History
ISBN:John Adams
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:751 pages pages

John Adams Reviews

  • bonnie
    May 22, 2007
    I read John Adams largely because my grandfather's response when I told him I was reading Alexander Hamilton last year was "I hear that John Adams biography is excellent." Additionally, I was interested because Hamilton was always at odds with him, but I like them both a great deal (an...
  • Philip
    Aug 17, 2011
    Wheeeeeere's Johnny? Thanks to David McCullough's 2002 Pulitzer Prize winning biography Adams will no longer be overlooked as a lesser president of the United States. Although our currency fails to recognize him, that's never been much of a big deal to me, as my wallet gener...
  • Rick
    Jan 15, 2009
    David McCullough?s JOHN ADAMS paints a vivid portrait of Adams the patriot and Adams the man. Well-written and engaging, it relies in large part on Adams?s voluminous correspondence ? with his wife Abigail and with friends and public figures. At times I thought the picture was a ...
  • Kay
    Aug 26, 2008
    "No man who ever held the office of president would congratulate a friend on obtaining it," wrote John Adams, and this superb biography by David McCullough makes it clear why Adams was undoubtedly sincere in this sentiment. Adams was a plain and honest speaking man who rose to the chal...
  • Rincey
    Jun 26, 2018
    Well now I just want to read a biography on Abigail Adams. Watch me discuss this book in my June wrap up: https://youtu.be/NMt7tt6GeA0 ...
  • Diane
    Aug 23, 2013
    This is a must-read for anyone interested in the American Revolution. I would call this David McCullough's masterpiece, except I've read several of his remarkable books, including Truman and The Wright Brothers, and they are all so good I don't think I could pick a favorite. But le...
  • Rachel
    Sep 02, 2008
    John Adams is an extraordinary book, and an excellent political history of the beginning of the United States. This is the first book I've read by David McCullough, and I'm impressed at his ability to be respectful but blunt, and be serious but entertaining at the same time. John A...
  • Elyse
    May 31, 2017
    I LEARNED SO MUCH........ I'm moved - deeply moved...... at this 'book' and 'partly' at myself. SOMETHING HAS SHIFTED INSIDE ME THROUGH THIS READING EXPERIENCE. A handful of books have done this for me --but not usually 'two' in a very short period of time! But..... I can't deny wh...
  • Chrissie
    Dec 24, 2012
    I haven?t read a book this good in years! I cannot imagine anyone who wouldn?t enjoy this book. This is a book about a man, John Adams, but it is also much, much more. It is a book about American Independence, the American Revolution and all the Founding Fathers, the seve...
  • Sue
    Apr 08, 2008
    I finished it! This book took me a while to read, but it's well worth it! McCullough gives such a personal view into who John and Abigail, actually the whole Adams family, really were. And they were truly wonderful, honest, patriots, full of integrity, and not afraid of hard work for t...
  • Toni
    Mar 29, 2008
    This is such a well written, interesting book. I keep wishing we had a John Adams to vote for this November. The caveat for me is that there is so much content to this book I need to continually take a break and do some light reading between and/or at the same time. Highly recommended ...
  • Margaret
    Mar 29, 2008
    I took this book home for the summer and read through it slowly because I could not bear it being over. McCullogh tells John Adams' and America's story as well as the best novelist while satisfying the history buff's desire for documents and "truth." Enjoy. ...
  • Kelly
    Mar 22, 2008
    I knew so little about Adams before reading this. I've heard some rank Jefferson as an historical figure they'd like to dine with: forget Jefferson! Adams is seemingly so under appreciated, but was a giant both in his role as a founder of the United States but also in character. ...
  • Mary Etta
    Apr 05, 2008
    Since reading John Adams I have continually been reminded of my delusion of our country's history. Today as I saw the conclusion of the John Adams' series on HBO I realized I was one of those John Adams saw as "deluded" by the artistic portrayal of our history in Trumbell's "Declaratio...
  • Nathan
    Jun 13, 2011
    Popular history. That's what this book is. David McCullough is obviously engaged with his story; he likes Adams, respects the Founders, and knows his history. But he seems shackled by having to tell two stories at the same time, while making both flow into one accessible and engaging n...
  • Stephen
    Mar 18, 2010
    MESSAGE TO BIOGRAPHERS: Tidy up your prose, sharpen your story-telling, knowledge up on your source material and bring your entire bag of game, because the gauntlet has been chucked, the bar has been raised and David McCullough has taken off his literary glove and pasted all of you ups...
  • Jean
    Sep 28, 2008
    Adams always seemed like a dumpy old president, but the man was incredibly physically and intellectually rigorous, and without his undaunted labors that were often overlooked, we might not have had the necessary support to win the war against the British. McMullough is a master. He...
  • Sara
    Nov 20, 2010
    What can I say? This book took me months to read and challenged my thinking on a number of preconceptions I had about the Revolution and the Founders. Instead of "correcting" me and forcing me into a new way of thinking, McCullough gently and deftly inspired me to soak in everything he...
  • Ralph Strong
    Oct 14, 2012
    great book ...
  • Michael
    Aug 15, 2015
    A solid and satisfying biography of a key leader in the birth of the American Republic. This book helps make him my favorite of the bunch because of his paradoxical mix of humility and ambition, idealism and pragmatism. Unlike Washington, Jefferson, and Hamilton, he didn?t have arist...
  • Grace
    Apr 13, 2017
    I know this is a long book, but it is worth it. I knew very little about John Adams, having forgotten many facts from my high school history class. This book does a very good job of describing all of the events leading up to the American Revolution War and all of the major players in i...
  • Demetrius Rogers
    Feb 10, 2017
    5 stars for the telling, and 5 stars for the life. First, for the life. Could there be a more interesting subject? Raised in modesty, read for the bar, practiced law, got into politics, signed the Declaration, became a diplomat for the new country, became the first vice-president o...
  • Matt
    Mar 26, 2014
    McCullough dazzled with his depiction of Harry Truman and brings that passion now to look at the life of John Adams. As he tackles the more daunting task of bringing this Founding Father and former president to life, through a plethora of research and historical tomes, McCullough illus...
  • Glen
    Jun 21, 2018
    An excellent biography of John Adams, the Founding Father and second president of the US. Highly recommended. ...
  • Anna H
    Oct 11, 2017
    So good I don't know where to start -- review to come. ...
  • Doreen Petersen
    Oct 21, 2013
    Finally finished this book tonight. Couldn't sleep until I finished it. It is so good that it's no wonder the author won a Pulitzer Prize for it! You have got to read this book! ...
  • Book Riot Community
    Dec 16, 2015
    I began reading John Adams four years ago, if you can believe it. Somewhere along the way I set it down and failed to pick it up again until a few weeks ago. I was a fan of David McCullough before I read John Adams, but it has certainly deepened my respect for this incredibly gifted hi...
  • Greg
    May 22, 2018
    McCullough has us believe, for 466 pages, that Adams is generally disliked among the political set of his time and that there is no way he could be elected President: he is anti-slavery, deeply spiritual, a fine family man who loved first his wife, then his children, then farming, and ...
  • Sherry Sharpnack
    Apr 09, 2015
    Excellent. I think Mr McCullough is the most readable of modern historians (a tie w/ Goodwin, Ambrose, & Weir?). ...
  • Jennifer
    Apr 22, 2017
    John Adams is a well researched and beautifully written biography about the life and times of John Adams and early American history. Using letters and entries from John Adams diary, David McCullough paints such a vivid picture as to transport you back in time some 200 years. Don?...