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John Adams: A Life
 
 
Author
John Ferling.
Publisher Oxford  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9780195398663
Pages/Publication Date 535/2010
Daedalus Item Code 30749
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The author of A Leap in the Dark and Adams vs. Jefferson as well as the biographer of George Washington, John Ferling here offers a compelling portrait of the man who succeeded George Washington in the presidency and shepherded the fragile new nation through the most dangerous of times. Ferling's John Adams is a reluctant revolutionary, a leader who was deeply troubled by the warfare that he helped to make, and a fiercely independent statesman. The book brings to life an exciting age in which Adams played an important political and intellectual role, and he emerges here a man full of contradictions. He could be petty and jealous, but also meditative, insightful, and provocative. In private and with friends he could be engagingly witty. He was terribly self-centered, but in his relationship with his wife and children his shortcomings were tempered by a deep, abiding love.

"Better than any other full-scale biography to date, Ferling's book places Adams in the context of his swirling times and makes clear why he deserves our admiration for his political courage and stubborn independence."New England Quarterly

 
 
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