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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  1,060 ratings  ·  134 reviews
For Those Who Love was a timeless love story that relates to American history. When you read this story, you will not be able to put it down. It tells you about historical events that happened in Boston during Abigail's life and how our country was formed. It was a beautiful story that a person who likes romantic novels could read, or one that a person interested in histor ...more
Paperback, 672 pages
Published June 1st 1969 by Signet (first published June 1st 1965)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Those who love; A Biographical Novel of Abigail and John Adams, Irving Stone

Those Who Love is a biographical novel of John Adams, as told from the perspective of his wife, Abigail Adams. It was written by American author Irving Stone.

The true story of Abigail Smith and John Adams, who met and loved and married and became leading protagonists in events which were to change the whole concept of the Western world.

عنوانها: آنها که دوست دارند؛ آنان که دوست دارند؛ نویسنده: ایرویگ استون؛ تاریخ نخستین
This biographical novel of Abigail and John Adams was the #6 bestseller in 1965. I enjoyed it for the history of the Revolutionary War, the creation of America as a country, and the difficulties of our new government over the next decade. The political infighting felt similar to what we have going on today.

I liked the way Irving Stone depicted Abigail and John. They were a Puritan couple who saw eye to eye on the dream of creating a democracy though they had tremendous challenges. That said, it
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Due to the fact that I have been writing more than reading this summer, I have to admit that I made a poor choice when I picked this book for my summer read. This was due to the size and slow pace of this historical fiction novel about John & Abigail Adams.
First published in 1965, it is quickly evident that the book and its subject matter were thoroughly researched by the author, Irving Stone. My main complaint is where the author chose to focus his attention. This book is quite long...nearly
ag Berg
Jan 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Cannot imagine living the life of Abigail. She was John's backbone, who would have known? This book started me reading many more about the American Revolution and the founding of our country. ...more
Oct 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Another great one from Irving Stone. I like his pro-American, pro-founding father, but honest, take on history. I learned so much about the American Revolution and the birth of the country. Felt like I was there!
Juanita Pryor
I read this some time ago, but it is one of my all time favorite books. I love the purity of the love story between John and Abigail. They showed amazing resiliency in the face of difficult trials. And became one of the most influential couples to ever grace our nation.
Jennifer Morefield
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this historical novel about the birth of our nation with the central characters being John and Abigail Adams. I learned a lot, and I found their lives fascinating. John and Abigail were honorable and honest and they sacrificed much to see our democracy come to fruition. Often, their contributions went unnoticed and unappreciated. This was a great story worthy of being read.
While it is a fictionalized account of the relationship between Abigail and John Adams, it has been thoroughly researched and is accurate as far as the events in their lives are concerned.

John and Abigail Adams were true partners in life. Their letters to one another showed that John considered not just his wife, but his best friend, his intellectual equal and his greatest confidante.

The book starts with the meeting of Abigail and John and their courtship in spite of her mother's initial disappr
Krisette Spangler
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, history
I absolutely adored this biography of John and Abigail Adams. The novel was weighted more heavily toward Abigail's view of the events that surrounded their lives, which I really loved. She was every bit as remarkable as her famous husband. Their sacrifices for their country were not on the battlefield, but were every bit as necessary to the survival of a young nation. It's too bad the book is out of print, because it is beautifully written and gave me a renewed respect for the founding fathers o ...more
Kim Godard
I always love getting a little truth and history with my novels, and this one doesn't disappoint. Learn more about John and Abigail Adams and discover that behind very successful man, there is a woman who loves him. ...more
Anna Vonderheide
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
For someone who teaches the Adams presidency, I found this book to be an enlightening read on the personal relationship of John and Abigail.

Abigail has been one of my favorite women of history to study since I was a little girl, so this overdue read was very special to me.
A biographical novel of Abigail Smith and John Adams. Set in the 18th Century creates the drama filled years when America broke away from Britain.
Shirley Brown
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
An very enlightening book. I learned more than I had previously known about Abigail Smith and John Adams's marriage. Abigail had to have been a very strong woman to have been able to care for her family and the farm, etc, while John was away for years at a time. It appears that he was not so easy to please and was rather stern. He did love he deeply in his own way, and she adored him, he was the love of her life.
I knew that their son,Charles had his drinking issues, but did not know that John Ad
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
From the description this book was right up my alley. I love getting that "behind the scenes" point of view that this book promised. However, it just did not do that for me. The book was dry and dragged on far too long. I didn't give it one star because it wasn't a total disaster- there were plenty of parts that were interesting to me. But the interesting parts were far outnumbered by the bland ones, and at no point was I fully engrossed. ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This biographical novel by Irving Stone is brilliant. While written in 1965, it does not shirk from addressing the issues that the spouses of America's founders faced. John Adams is very much as I pictured him - a plain-looking, prickly and brilliant man who is frustrated that others do not always see his vision of America. One of my favorite quotes in the book if from his cousin, Samuel Adams, who says that "England is creating an entirely new species - The American." ...more
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another Irving Stone under my belt. He NEVER disappoints! This was timely as I read about the scandals, lying, back biting, name calling, mud slinging and physical brawls of the 1800 presidential election. Although unfortunate, it gave me hope that there can be recovery from yet another election full of the same. 😬
Allison Kirchner
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I remembered loving this book when we read it in high school, so I gave it as a gift to my mom after she enjoyed the John Adams miniseries. When she was downsizing for her move and planned on donating many of her books, I took this one home and finally found time to re-read it. I liked it very much but found it a challenging read. I guess my brain was sharper 45 years ago! Our high school class also saw the movie "1776" as a companion piece, and both show the mutual love and respect between John ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
A beautiful book about John Adams as told from the perspective of his wife, Abigail. While Stone's writing could be a bit melodramatic this particular book which draws from letters they wrote one another isn't as bad as some of his work. Highly recommended. ...more
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
Historical....1750s-1801 New England....formation of United States framed by Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams. Dense, heavily researched - read purposely during lead up to 2020 election, fitting to have finished on the day Biden finally declared winner.
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written historical biography of John and Abigail Adams' marriage. You can tell it was unbelievingly well researched. A treasure to read about their lives amid the beginning of a new country and government and how important they were to history. ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Really 3 and a half. I've come to the conclusion that life back then was just as crazy as life today in some ways. ...more
Diane Wachter
A biographical novel of Abigail and John Adams. A timeless love story depicting Boston events during Abigail's life and how our country was formed. ...more
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
first read this 40 years ago and it is still an excellent read - especially during an election period. Birthing this country and keeping it is not for the faint of heart.
Ann Adams
It was a long read and full of detail but it held my interest. A great way to learn history.
Deanna Judy
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction about John and Abigail Adams. Wonderful and beautiful love story. It is not a quick read, but so worth it.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If I could only use one word to describe this book it would be "Wow". This book should be required reading for every American today who feels as though our government is about to implode. Reading this novel put me at ease about our future as a country.

Written over fifty years ago, Those Who Love is an extremely well-researched historical novel of the relationship between John and Abigail Adams. Although their relationship was supposed to be the premise of the entire book, I felt it was even more
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
When I was a teenager I found the abridged edition of this book in an old Reader's Digest collection. I liked it enough to check out the complete book.
Then I figured out why they'd left all the other stuff out. :P
Irving Stone has a gift for smooth, unself-conscious dialogue and he has his facts right regarding the actual history. He's very prone to tedious long sections that describe the pots, shoe buckles, and underwear of the period--the " research" craze was at its height at the time he was w
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I loved learning about hard-working, patriotic Abigail and John Adams.

“‘Inside yourself you’re strong. That’s the place where strength counts. Strength shows not only in how fast you can chop down trees.’” -p. 5

“Time has a texture. Each period of waiting looms its own design. For Abigail, this one was shot through with golden threads.” -p. 130

“You know, Nabby, there’s mighty few pleasures in life to equal doing one’s job. It is an act of love…” -p. 131

“ ‘Arbitrary distinctions...have always
Nov 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
I loved this biographical novel of Abigail and John Adams. WOW, there sure is a lot about the birth of our nation that I never learned. Because this book was based on historical fact and the letters of Abigail and the founding fathers, I felt I received a fascinating lesson in history! I was simply amazed at the parallels to be drawn with our current political climate and the constant wrangling between personalities and the struggles between parties. It actually gives me great hope that no matte ...more
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it

I am not sure whether it can be called as complete history or whether it had some fiction mixed with it. “Those Who Love” is the biography of second US president John Adams written from the perspective of his wife Abigail Adams. I have always liked Irving Stone’s work. His books are very well researched and pick on one particular personality and then goes deep into the life of that person as well as the era of that time. The book was lying with me for a long time b
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In 1923, Stone received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley. In the 1960s, Stone received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Southern California, where he had previously earned a Masters Degree from the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.

When at home, Stone relied upon the research facilities and expertise made available to him by Esther Euler

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