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John Adams : party of one

Author: James Grant
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A biography of the revolutionary, founding father, and second president of the United States explores his origins as a son of Massachusetts who crafted himself into an uncompromisingly ethical politician and social reformer.
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Grant, James, 1946-
John Adams.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ©2005
(OCoLC)607591119
Named Person: John Adams; John Adams; John Adams
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Grant
ISBN: 0374113149 9780374113148 0374530238 9780374530235
OCLC Number: 55220408
Description: 530 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: "More fortunate than all my fellow citizens" --
Son of Puritans --
To live and die in Braintree --
"Glowing like furnaces" --
"From so small a spark" --
"Hearty in the cause" --
In defense of Captain Preston --
"In opposition to the rising sun" --
Faith of Brattle Street --
"A man of 1774" --
"Called by Providence" --
Whirlwind --
"Conquer or die" --
Making of a diplomat --
A Yankee in Paris --
Constitution monger --
Fencing with Count Vergennes --
Triumph in Amsterdam --
Peacemaker, junk-bond promoter --
Joyous reunion --
Minister to the Court of St. James --
Stuffed shirt --
Mr. Vice President --
"President by three votes" --
Party of one --
Road to tranquility.
Responsibility: James Grant.
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A biography of the revolutionary, founding father, and second president of the United States explores his origins as a son of Massachusetts who crafted himself into an uncompromisingly ethical politician and social reformer.

John Adams was an undiplomatic diplomat and an impolitic politician--a fierce revolutionary yet a detached and reluctant leader of the nation he helped to found. Few American public figures have ever been more devoted to doing the right thing, or more contemptuous of doing the merely popular thing. Yet his Yankee-bred fixation with ethical propriety and fiscal conservatism never stood in the way of his doing what was necessary. Adams hated debt, but as minister to the Netherlands during the Revolution, he was America's premier junk-bond salesman. And though raised a traditional Massachusetts Congregationalist, Adams was instrumental in bringing about the consecration of the first American Episcopal bishops. He was a warm and magnanimous friend and, on occasion, a man who fully vindicated the famous judgment of a rival he detested. Adams, said Benjamin Franklin, "means well for his country, is always an honest man, often a wise one, but, sometimes, and in some things, is absolutely out of his senses." James Grant examines this complex and often contradictory founding father in the most well-rounded and multi-faceted portrait of Adams to date. Going from his beginnings on a hardscrabble Massachusetts farm to the Continental Congress to the Court of St. James and the White House, Grant traces the words and deeds of one of our most learned but politically star-crossed leaders. -- Amazon.com

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