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Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams, During the Revolution: With a Memoir of Mrs. Adams

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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into pri ...more
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Published September 11th 2010 by Nabu Press (first published 1875)
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Zachary Gorelick
This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite sources of inspiration. John Adams is painted, by his own metaphorical brush, as something rare to find in a U.S. president: a person with feelings, fears, doubts, vanity, and hope. He is brought to life in this correspondence between himself and his wife, whom I now contend might be seen as the finest First Lady with whom this nation has been graced.

Her powerful, poignant words echo constantly in my mind. Vastly ahead of her time in terms of her vie
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Jewels
Jul 09, 2012 Jewels rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It took me a while to get through this, as I was a bit burned out on my history classes. Abigail Adams remains one of my heroines, and I have nothing but respect for her husband John, even though he amused me a bit with his protestations of vanity. I have to admit that I felt really sorry for Abigail; the loneliness and sorrow at being parted from her husband for so long came through as quite the burden to bear. It was interesting to see how the war effected the times that they lived in as well, ...more
John
Dec 05, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would love to have given this 5-stars just because of the respect I have for both Adams'. But, I reserve 5-star rating for those books I would re-read whenever, and although this is a fascinating view into the life of some of our founding fathers, it is a little dry to re-read. Highly recommended, though. For a more entertaining read, try "John Adams" by McCullough. He obviously used these letters as some of his source material.
Jennifer Zartman
Reading personal letters makes history come alive. I found it thrilling to read the account of the Declaration of Independence by a man who labored to bring it about. John and Abigail Adams detail the sacrifices, the deprivations, and the emotions of war and separation in a personal, unguarded way, and the balance of the masculine and feminine perspectives makes this book particularly interesting and unique. I highly recommend it.
Fred Lente
Mar 15, 2013 Fred Lente rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The star rating is for the shoddy POD quality of the book, a reproduction, which is basically a text-file dump to standard letter sized paper f what must be an early-to-mid nineteenth century edition, then bound. C'mon, people, if I wanted a .txt doc I would've found one on-line, not accidentally bought a dead tree version on Amazon.
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Jul 23, 2013 Naomi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A wonderful window into a marriage during the American Colonial Era and onto experiences of the Revolutionary War.
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