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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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Oct 09, 2014 Bruce rated it it was amazing
Bowen's combination biography and history of a critical time in American history is an exciting story brilliantly told, sometimes with the actual words of the participants. It's one of the most enjoyable, as well as wise, works of history I've read. Bowen transforms her research and the diaries and letters and documents she has used into vivid characterizations and a dramatic narrative. She builds suspense as we read, although we know much of the story already. Each detail she brings in adds to ...more
Sep 13, 2015 Kelly rated it it was amazing
This book was my first read solely on John Adams and it read life fiction. This book was only a glimpse on certain years of his life.
John grew up in an environment that was deeply religious. Braintree was a town where a man would rather die that submit to the authority of the Church of England. As a child he was not a very enthusiastic student, and had a plans of being a farmer. Luckily his father had other plans, John was to go to Harvard. Once at Harvard his appetite for learning grew. In his
Mar 01, 2014 Hannah rated it it was amazing
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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.
Anne Hartman
Jan 24, 2016 Anne Hartman rated it it was amazing
Absolutely THE BEST history book I have ever read!!!! Wish it had been a textbook when I took history in school; I would have loved history class!
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 it was amazing
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.
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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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