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"His best book....Ellis's knack for bringing historical figures to life seems so natural you can't imagine him doing anything else." ( New York Times Book Review)
"Parker narrates this intellectual tour de force with strength and wit. His unvoiced reading matches the text wonderfully. His reading present the complexity of thought clearly." ( Kliatt)
"Capture[s] the man's appealing spirit, providing new perspective on an unfairly neglected Founding Father." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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John Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of our nation and its second president, spent nearly the last third of his life in retirement, grappling with contradictory views of his place in history and fearing his reputation would not fare well in the generations after his death. And indeed, future generations did slight him, elevating Jefferson and Madison to lofty heights while Adams remained way back in the second tier. Now, in a witty, clear, and thoughtful narrative of Adams's later life at his home in Quincy, Joseph Ellis explores the mind and personality of the man, as well as the earlier events that shaped his thinking. Listeners will discover Adams to be both contentious and lovable, generous and petty, and perhaps the most intellectually profound of the revolutionary generation, whose perspective on America's prospects has relevance for us today.
©1993 Joseph J. Ellis (P)1995 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • 総合評価
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Neil
  • 2009/10/24

Stays true to Audible's description

This book is more an analysis and description of the political mind of John Adams, as opposed to a personal biography of the man. This is a recommended read if what you seek is an understanding of how he thought and what his views on the issues were. Factual details are not the emphasis. Diary entries, private correspondence, essays and the voluminous notes he left in the margins of books he read form the basis of Ellis's perspective. The lengthy chapter describing Adams' letter exchange with Thomas Jefferson is riveting, but apart from that I found other chapters to be mostly too dry and academic for my purposes in buying this audiobook. Still, I plodded through it and am glad I did since Adams is among the most admirable of our founding fathers.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • DM
  • 2021/03/11

loved it! great man

I feel every book I read about a founding father is the best book ever. even this guy. he had his faults but still turned out to be amazing. enjoyed learning more about him after his presidency.
Seriously underrated as a revolutionary hero, as a man, as president.
Way more forward thinking than maybe anyone else's in his time.
Needs lots more time and pages dedicated to him.

  • 総合評価
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Tim
  • 2021/05/04

Author does not like John Adams

Usually when you read a biography, the author LOVES the subject and you have to discount their claims and tone. Ellis does not like John Adams. It's a bit disconcerting but the overall content is stellar.

John Adams was a vain and difficult man, but no more so than any other world changer. His overall temperament was judicious. Ellis makes him seem like a maniac.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Rick Reed
  • 2021/01/22

Irascible, Honest, Brilliant- JA =#1

My favorite Founding Father. Joseph Ellis digs deep into the English language to bring John Adams to life

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Chuck B.
  • 2016/07/06

The Legacy of John Adams

An indelible portrait of this magnificent Patriot and Founding Father. More than a biography, Ellis gives us a glimpse of the man with all of his foibles and his greatness, of not just what he thought but the core beliefs behind what he thought and what shaped him. And Tom Parker's narration is perfect in every sense. Highly recommended.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021/02/21

Irascible, contrarian, and fascinating.



Ellis' "American Sphinx" was an unsparing and intensely interesting look into the quixotic and generally duplicitous character of Thomas Jefferson. This earlier work on John Adams takes the same approach of looking at the man's character and how he thought moreso than his political accomplishments with a particular focus on Adams post presidential life.

Adams has always been one of the more interesting of the Founders because he was so very human. He wasn't the stoic marble man like Washington nor the wide eyed ideological dilettante like Jefferson. Adams was always... Adams. Cantankerous, punchy, vain, and simultaneously the Founder that was both the most and least self aware.

Ellis theorizes that Adams reveled in being contrarian to the point that his fierce intellectual independence often resulted in his isolation. Time and time again this proved true and while on one level Adams realized this, he never really changed. Naturally that damaged his early reputation within the pantheon of the Founders but it was the release of his papers on microfiche that enabled modern scholars to dive more deeply into his very impressive, and sometimes very entertaining, writing.

Ellis covers all this with a generally sympathetic approach because frankly, it's hard not to sympathize with Adams even at his most annoyingly argumentative.