John Adams - revolutionist, political theorist. One of four acclaimed biographies of America's Founding Fathers in a superb Folio collection.
'Too plain spoken for diplomacy and too honest for politics' is how the brilliant historian James Grant describes the man who was one of America's foremost revolutionaries, greatest political theorists and most illustrious diplomats. Vice President (1789-1797), and then President of the United States (1797-1801) John Adams was an independent-minded, uncompromisingly ethical man.
Throughout his life he passionately believed in a system of checks and balances on government, as a very young man writing that 'no simple Form of Government, can possibly secure Men against the Violences of Power'. He held true to this vision throughout his own years of power.
Written in a witty and engaging style, this comprehensive chronicle omits no facet of Adams's life. Indeed, it is through Adams's frequent and tender letters to his wife Abigail that we see his private hopes and concerns for the momentous events in which he played such an important part. Adams was, as historian Ron Chernow comments, 'a certified American original'.
‘One gets the sense that old Adams [would] greatly appreciate Mr. Grant's shrewd and witty biography’
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Review by foghorn1984 on 19th Nov 2015
"The Author understands his subject unlike most of the liberal minds that write about him. It seems like Grant actually read his papers. In most cases, John Adams is highly underrated as a subject, bec..." [read more]
Review by fchin123 on 1st Jan 2013
"Boring, overdrawn text, of interest only to people keen on American history minutae and trivials. I got this excessive large book and the rest on American founding fathers only because the set came fr..." [read more]