Book Review of
The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling biography of America’s founding father and second president that was the basis for the acclaimed HBO series, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough.
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 who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose to become the second president of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was learned beyond all but a few and regarded by some as “out of his senses”; and whose marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the moving love stories in American history.
This is history on a grand scale—a book about politics and 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, John Adams is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.
This was a pretty good presidential book. It is over 600 pages and is a bit of a tedious read. I was able to learn quiet a lot about John Adams and the time around his life. He is a fascinating man who made many differences in his life. Of course, he was not perfect, but he had any great qualities that we can look at. I also enjoyed learning about his wife, Abigail, and I found out what a smart and political wife she was. This is probably one of the better books on John Adams and is definitely worth the time it took to read.