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John Adams

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Hardcover, 1170 pages
Published January 1st 1969 by Greenwood Press (first published 1962)
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“John Adams” by Page Smith was the first comprehensive biography of Adams written once the second president’s personal papers became widely available. Published in 1962, this epic biography consists of two volumes spanning nearly 1,200 pages. This biography was the winner of a 1963 Bancroft Prize (awarded to outstanding books on the history of the Americas) and has long been recognized as one of the earliest, most thorough, treatment’s of John Adams’ life....more
John Gnesin
Adams has to be our dullest founding father. He is the Martin Prince of the American Revolution. Not a warrior, not a radical, just a chubby, somewhat prissy public servant who nonetheless became one of the leading intellectuals of our fledgling democracy. He was responsible for securing the loans that kept Washington in the fight and was awarded with being his hand-picked successor. His story is more interesting for the stories going on around him, and I wish Smith had fleshed those stories out...more
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