In his biography of our second president, David McCullough shows why he has been hailed as one of America's great presidential historians. The book brings to life John Adams, one of our country's least appreciated Founders, and shows how he was instrumental in convincing the colonies to declare their independence and, after having achieved it, preserving the Union through the first real partisan election in American history - the election of 1800. McCullough also shines in his depictions of Abigail Adams and Thomas Jefferson, and their relationships with the so-called "Architect of Independence." For anyone who believes that our country owed its creation exclusively to men, the story of Abigail and her relationship with John will show why that is not necessarily the case. Overall, this book is a fascinating must-read for anyone interested in the history of our nation.
Chronicles the life of America's second president, including his youth, his career as a Massachusetts farmer and lawyer, his marriage to Abigail, his rivalry with Thomas Jefferson, and his influence on the birth of the United States.