John Adams

Written by:
David McCullough
Narrated by:
Jan Maxwell , Edward Herrmann

Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
May 2001
9 hours 0 minutes
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.
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Very good primary resources. Very enjoyable to listen to.

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Patrick M.

What a great book. So well written and the narrators did a wonderful job! Very educational as all of David McCullough works are. I set out to learn more about the great Americans life and I was not disappointed!

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While I felt this biography was generally well written, the title should have been "John Adams and How Thomas Jefferson Abused Their Friendship." The author certainly had an ax to grind against Jefferson. While McCullough freely admits that Alexander Hamilton did the most damage to Adams during his lifetime, pages and pages are devoted to original quotes from Jefferson - so much so that there is nearly as much text on Jefferson as there is on Adams. This glaring prejudice against another Founding Father mars the book.

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