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John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty (American Political Thought)

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America's finest eighteenth-century student of political science, John Adams is also the least studied of the Revolution's key figures. By the time he became our second president, no American had written more about our government and not even Jefferson or Madison had read as widely about questions of human nature, natural right, political organization, and constitutional c ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published November 16th 1998 by University Press of Kansas (first published November 1998)
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Rob
Jun 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fascinating study, providing surprising insights into the structure of our government, and its enduring strength.

The key innovation in Adams' political thought concerned political architecture -- he created a structure that interweaves two tripartite separations: the modern liberal (Locke, Montesquieu) conception of the separation of powers (legislative, executive, judicial) and the classical and Renaissance republican (Plato, Aristotle, Polybius, Machiavelli) conception of the one, t
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Dean
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book about Adams' political scholarship taught me that Adams was more intellectually accomplished and more instrumental in creating the United States Constitution than he has been given credit for. I also learned that the widely held belief that he, after the revolution, advocated monarchy and aristocracy is a false notion treacherously perpetuated by his partisan political detractors and is disproven by his written works. Reading this work bumped him to the top of my list of favorite Found ...more
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