John Adams Essay

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David McCullough. John Adams. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001. 656 pp.
David McCullough was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1933, and educated at Yale where he graduated with honors in English literature. McCullough lives in West Tisbury, Massachusetts with his wife, Rosalee Barnes McCullough. They have five children and fifteen grandchildren. He is the author of Truman, Brave Companions, Mornings on Horseback, The Path Between the Seas, The Great Bridge, and the Johnstown Flood. He has received the Pulitzer Prize (in 1993, for Truman), the Francis Parkman Prize, (this award promotes literary distinction in historical writing, and is presented annually for the best book in American history). He has also won the Los Angeles Times
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McCullough also wants his readers to get the feeling of having been alive in that earlier time, when Adams and Jefferson lived. The author gives the sense that among people today their belief is that our founding fathers were just like us. In many ways that’s true, but in many ways they were also different from us. After reading this book I came away with a far greater understanding of those differences, and a greater measure of respect and admiration for what those men achieved. John Adams is a book about politics, war and social issues. It is about love, religious faith, ambition, friendship and betrayal. Above all, John Adams is about one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived. This book was an overview of the first several chapters that I have studied in this American Government class.
The purpose of this biography is to give the reader a better understanding of Adams and how he lived, and his relationships with other founding fathers. It is rumored in history that Adams was thought of as an obnoxious person, by other members of the second Continental Congress. McCullough could not find any documentation from the members of the second Continental Congress- the Congress that created the Declaration of Independence- and found no reference by anyone of Adams being obnoxious. Those of his compatriots who wrote about Adams universally praised him for what he did. It is no surprise that Jefferson described him as “ the colossus of independence.”

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