This is one of the finest biographies I have read or listened to. While McCullough posits that peace was Adams' ultimate goal, this is hard to see amongst the military chest bumping. But they were alike in their devotion to their country. They settled in what is now Marietta on the banks of the Ohio River. I can't imagine Trump ever saying these word.
Stick with it through the first hundred pages or so, resign yourself to at least a couple of months with it, and what you never knew about Adams is sure to enrich your understanding of the fascinating times in which he lived. True, these aspects of his personality were likely not as well preserved for history in letters, but I would have liked this to be fleshed out more and earlier on. Too many of us believe Trumbell's view of the Declaration of Independence not acknowledging the many difficulties over many years before and after the signing of that great docu Since reading John Adams I have continually been reminded of my delusion of our country's history. Didn't anybody listen to him before they let him read? Based on extensive interviews and access to the family and business archives, The House of Morgan is an investigative masterpiece. At Washington's inauguration he travels in a canary yellow carriage pulled by white horses.
God raises up good and able men and women to make a difference among every people. Jackson's election in 1828 ushered in a new and lasting era in which the people, not distant elites, were the guiding force in American politics. From his Truman biography, I know that McCullough does present electoral campaigns in a highly detailed fashion. The son of John Adams, he was a brilliant ambassador and secretary of state, a frustrated president at a historic turning point in American politics, and a dedicated congressman who literally died in office - at the age of 80, in the House of Representatives, in the midst of an impassioned political debate. McCullough masterfully selected quotations of Adams, Abigail, John Quincy, Benjamin Rush, Jefferson, and other major players in Adams's life, and incorporated them without disrupting the prose.
I honestly didn't know anything about John Adams before reading this book and yet very, very little was surprising or all that interesting. Somewhere along the way I set it down and failed to pick it up again until a few weeks ago. The book also provides fascinating glimpses into the other strong personalities of the time, including Hamilton, Franklin and Washington, but most especially Jefferson. It was so informative and entertaining it made me wish I had ordered the unabridged version. And I think I sort of have a crush on John Adams, even with his faults! Some dreadful instruction during middle and high school still casts a pall over American history for me, which I realize is a poor excuse now in my fifth decade, but sadly is the only one I can offer for not having really ever undertaken a more thorough study of my own country's development.
The research is phenomenal and the stories are inspiring and entertaining. I cannot neglect to mention Abigail in discussing her husband's biography. I could hear the narrator breath through his nose while reading the book. He was honest and everyone knew it. Adams was a plain and honest speaking man who rose to the challenges of extraordinary times. A landmark publication full of startling revelations, the book indelibly alters our image of this most enigmatic capitalist. .
Compared to Adams, Franklin and Jefferson were surprisingly restrained and inarticulate in terms of pushing their ideas in debate. Forging ahead, Adams used a great deal of his political knowledge to act in as strong a capacity of president as he could. There must be always those within the country who are willing and able to do something to make a difference. Presenting Adams as both a man of the people and a politically-minded gentleman, McCullough shows how he shaped the formation of the United St McCullough dazzled with his depiction of Harry Truman and brings that passion now to look at the life of John Adams. What made the experience of listening to John Adams the most enjoyable? When listening to this book I realized how distorted our history lesson were growing up. This book feels, and is, massive but stupendously readable.
If you didn't already know, it will make you realize how far we have fallen in regard to our present political leaders. The author's gift for fleshing out his subjects comes the fore in describing the marriage of John and Abigail. He was bright - worked hard. Here, historian Adam Zamoyski cuts through the mythology and explains Napoleon against the background of the European Enlightenment, and what he was himself seeking to achieve. I knew little of Adams before reading this text but I have fallen in love with he and Abigail and plan to read their letters as a follow up.
The change in fortune occurs on the couple of pages before 466 in my paperback edition. Boy, was I ever wrong. These guys were like black and white, night and day, oil and water, yet their lives ran on separate, yet parallel tracks, forging a trajectory that set the tempo for American political life. With the advent of the two political parties, they became archrivals, even enemies, in the intense struggle for the presidency in 1800, perhaps the most vicious election in history. He was a good man with flaws, as many of us are. Choosing a well-known president by name, but not necessarily by background appears to be a strength for McCullough as he weaves the detailed background of their lives, their successes and more certainly their demises. While the narrator, the late Nelson Runger is considered to be one of the best, I find his style not fully to my liking.
Normally that ruins a book for me, but here I found it simply reinforced it. 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 long years as an editor no doubt paid off in honing his own style. Jefferson's acceptance and affection for the French Revolution is appalling, and horrific - especially given the fact that he didn't free his own slaves. הוא מתבסס על עיתונות התקופה וכתבים תקופתיים וכל זה מעבר לבבליוגרפיה מפורטת. It is absolutely refreshing how he makes these characters come so alive.