John Adams and the American Revolution
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John Adams and the American Revolution

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For John Adams the years up to the are forty - the crucial early years of our country's history - were his most active, interesting and decisive, and in this book Catherine Drinker Bowen recreates the man and his world to a miraculous degree.

As Mrs. Bowen writes: "Why have I chosen to write about John Adams? Because he is the brightest, quickest, most honest man I have

Hardcover, 698 pages
Published December 31st 2001 by William S. Konecky Associates
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MUCH better than the overrated one by David McCullough. John Adams--though unpopular in his own time--has become the every man, the hero, the main character, of the American Revolution. People want to sympathize with him and feel he was their representative on the scene--not like lazy Franklin, hypocritical Jefferson, or remote Washington. This book is absolutely the best book available on John Adams and takes a reasonably impartial view of the Revolution.
Several years ago, I set myself the challenge of reading a biography of each US President. This one I happened to have on hand and thoroughly enjoyed it. Bowen writes so that I want to keep reading, and her subject, though living in a far removed time, is vibrant and engaging. I never knew before that John Adams could be so interesting!
Dara Hess
Dec 13, 2007 Dara Hess rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Bowen is gifted in painting feelings through words. I gained a deep appreciation for the early founders and an increased appreciation for the hand that God played in the making of this country. She obviously has a great love for Adams and I think he is her particular favorite, so this is a great place to learn about him.
*own first edition 1950 hardcover published by Little, Brown and Company
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Catherine Drinker Bowen was born as Catherine Drinker on the Haverford College campus on January 1, 1897, to a prominent Quaker family. She was an accomplished violinist who studied for a musical career at the Peabody Institute and the Juilliard School of Music, but ultimately decided to become a writer. She had no formal writing education and no academic career, but became a bestselling American...more
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