The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling biography of America’s founding father and second president that was the basis for the acclaimed HBO series, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough.
In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose to become the second president of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was learned beyond all but a few and regarded by some as “out of his senses”; and whose marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the moving love stories in American history.
This is history on a grand scale—a book about politics and war and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, John Adams is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.
A Masterful Portrait
David McCullough’s intimate portrait of John Adams is a poignant and thorough accounting of his life. He manages to skillfully paint broad strokes of the man’s love of family, friendships, and respect for colleagues while subliminally filling the details that are John Adam’s independent spirit. Thorough and rich in it’s content about John Adam’s contribution to the American Revolution, the creation of the single most important political document in the history of mankind and certainly the greatest nation to ever exist.
After listening to this audiobook, I read the book itself and came away with the impression that the “abridged” version lacks in several areas. Never the less, this audio book is well done, and skillfully narrated by Edward Herrmann. I found myself lost for hours as I ran, performed domestic chores and in the process John Adams has become one of the great men who’s life has inspired me to be more than I am. I highly recommend the book as well as this abridged version of it. I am inclined at this writing to lean toward unabridged audio books.
Oh so good.
This is one of those books that I missd when it ended...it was that good. What a great man he was, and what a great Lady Abbey was. You will certainly come to appreciate this often overlooked founding father...he was a giant amoung them.
John Adams by David McCullough
Do NOT BUY THIS AUDIOBOOK.
Don't get confused, the favorable reviews are about the BOOK (it's content) the audio version is a ripoff.
Why? because Parts 1-2 and 5 are dictated by a human male voice- very pleasant, and clear.
Parts 3 and 4 are a computer generated female voice- imagine listening to 400 pages from
your GPS- not tolerable. Trust me.