David Cain (Maps) and William B. McCullough (autho New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001. Later printing. Hardcover. 75 1,  pages. Illustrated endpapers. Illustrations (some in color). Adams family tree. Maps. Source Notes. Bibliography. Index. Signed by the author on the title page. 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. 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. David Gaub McCullough (born July 7, 1933) is an American author, narrator, historian, and lecturer. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian award. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, McCullough earned a degree in English literature from Yale University. His first book was The Johnstown Flood (1968); and he has since written nine more on such topics as Harry S. Truman, John Adams, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Wright brothers. McCullough has also narrated numerous documentaries, such as The Civil War by Ken Burns, as well as the 2003 film Seabiscuit; and he hosted American Experience for twelve years. McCullough's two Pulitzer Prize-winning books, Truman and John Adams, have been adapted by HBO into a TV film and a miniseries, respectively. The enthralling, often surprising story of John Adams, one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived. 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 war; who was learned beyond all but a few; and whose marriage to Abigail Adams is one of the moving love stories in American history. This is both a riveting portrait of an abundantly human man and a vivid evocation of his time, much of it drawn from an outstanding collection of Adams family letters and diaries. In particular, the letters between John and Abigail Adams provide extraordinary access to their private lives and make it possible to know John Adams as no other major American of his founding era. Crucial to the story is the relationship between Adams and Jefferson, born opposites -- one a Massachusetts farmer's son, the other a Virginia aristocrat and slaveholder. Adams embraced conflict; Jefferson avoided it. But they were alike in their devotion to their country. Condition: Very good / Very good.
Keywords: Abigail Adams, Charles Adams, James Callender, Continental Congress, Federalists, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Timothy Pickering, Quasi-War, Benjamin Rush, Slavery, Vergennes, George Washington