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John Adams : the second president

Author: John P Diggins; Richard Rohan; Arthur M Schlesinger, Jr.; Macmillan Audio.
Publisher: [United States] : Macmillan Audio, cp 2003.
Series: Founding fathers collection.; American presidents series (Times Books (Firm))
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : Biography : English : UnabridgedView all editions and formats
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"Until recently rescued by David McCullough, John Adams has always been overshadowed by Washington and Jefferson. Volatile, impulsive, irritable, and self-pitying, Adams seemed temperamentally unsuited for the presidency. Yet in many ways he was the perfect successor to Washington in terms of ability, experience, and popularity. Possessed of a far-ranging intelligence, Adams took office amid the birth of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Biography
Named Person: John Adams; John Adams
Material Type: Biography, Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: John P Diggins; Richard Rohan; Arthur M Schlesinger, Jr.; Macmillan Audio.
ISBN: 9781427205506 1427205507
OCLC Number: 269029659
Notes: Compact disc.
Performer(s): Read by Richard Rohan.
Description: 5 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Series Title: Founding fathers collection.; American presidents series (Times Books (Firm))
Responsibility: John Patrick Diggins ; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., general editor.

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"Until recently rescued by David McCullough, John Adams has always been overshadowed by Washington and Jefferson. Volatile, impulsive, irritable, and self-pitying, Adams seemed temperamentally unsuited for the presidency. Yet in many ways he was the perfect successor to Washington in terms of ability, experience, and popularity. Possessed of a far-ranging intelligence, Adams took office amid the birth of the government and multiple crises. Besides maintaining neutrality and regaining peace, his administration created the Department of the Navy, put the army on a surer footing, and left a solvent treasury. One of his shrewdest acts was surely the appointment of moderate Federalist John Marshall as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Though he was a Federalist, he sought to work outside the still-forming party system. In the end, this would be Adams's greatest failing and most useful lesson to later leaders"--Publisher's web site.

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