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Dearest Friend by Lynne Withey
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Dec 21, 2010

really liked it
Read from October 19 to November 05, 2010

We recently watched the John Adams miniseries. Having read this book before, I pulled it from the shelf to check a number of points from the series. The author makes heavy use of the correspondence between John and Abigail. Reading their fears and hopes during the time leading up to, then through the Revolution provides a deeper insight into this time in our history. So many of the things we take for granted; freedom of speech, the ability to vote, the peaceful turnover of elected officials, had never been tried. They experienced real fear and wrestling within themselves as they helped chart the course which we now take as a matter of course. Having grown up in New England, and being steeped in the history of the Revolution, the insights gained from this book were thought-provoking.

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