John Adams

by David McCullough

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.

  • Simon & Schuster; May 2001
  • ISBN: 9780743218290
  • Read online, or download in secure ePub format
  • Title: John Adams
  • Author: David McCullough
  • Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER

In The Press

Gordon S. Wood The New York Review of Books By far the best biography of Adams ever written...McCullough's special gift as an artist is his ability to re-create past human beings in all their fullness and all their humanity. In John and Abigail he has found characters worthy of his talent.


Customer Reviews

Elon C.
10/6/2016
Verified Buyer
David McCollough John Adams
A very large/long book. A Great read, particularly at this time with the current politics. Never would have read it if not for the eRead version. Though the actually Book is nice to see, too big to hold.