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First Family by Joseph J. Ellis
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Oct 18, 11

Read in October, 2011

Probably the best biography I've come across. Both John and Abigail Adams are singular in American History because of the volume of correspondence which they wrote and kept over the span of 40 plus years. Their insights about the Revolutionary era-(as well as both pre and post) and their well-chosen words make each letter a sparkling gem, putting the current generations' use of gangster talk and text lingo to shame.
Ellis as a researcher writer kept his objectivity throughout the book, both praising accomplishments and laying blame when data called for it. The book was very interesting and the author so humanized John and Abigail one hardly remembered it was non-fiction. He so skillfully interplayed the primary sources (letters)into the events of the Revolution, as well as showing the great struggle afterwards as patriots faced major disagreements on how the new Republic should be established. The Blanding Library has an audio version--which I listed to while sewing. Loved the book!
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