Seth Jenson's Reviews > First Family: Abigail and John Adams

First Family by Joseph J. Ellis
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Sep 30, 11

it was amazing
Read in September, 2011

I love John and Abigail Adams. Their letters to each other were so rich, lucid, smart, loving, and astounding. They had their flaws. Especially John. I enjoy reading about that. Peeking into people's private lives makes them more real, more approachable. And it gives me hope.

This quote from John made me laugh really really loud:

"Let it once be revealed or demonstrated that there is no future state, and my advice to every man, woman, and child would be, as our existence would be in our own power, to take opium."

Delightful book.
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