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John Adams by David McCullough
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Jul 01, 08

bookshelves: biography, history
Read in July, 2008

This might be the perfect biography. McCullough's excellent writing is complimented by Adams' own in excerpts from the treasure trove of his letters that survive. Those letters, combined with McCullough's research, make a more vivid and personal biography than you would expect from someone of this time period. Makes a convincing case that Adams was every bit as important to American independence as Thomas Jefferson. And, the Alien and Sedition Acts not withstanding, was certainly a better person than Jefferson.

I remember reading somewhere that any biography over 200 pages should be avoided because it means the biographer has fallen in love with his subject. While McCullough might seem to be putting Adams on pedestal, it’s only because so many others had already knocked him off it.
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