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John Adams : a life

Author: John E Ferling
Publisher: Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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John Ferling has nearly forty years of experience as a historian of early America. The author of acclaimed histories such as A Leap into the Dark and Almost a Miracle, he has appeared on many TV and film documentaries on this pivotal period of our history. In John Adams: A Life, Ferling offers a compelling portrait of one of the giants of the Revolutionary era. Drawing on extensive research, Ferling depicts a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: John Adams; John Adams; John Adams; John Adams
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John E Ferling
ISBN: 0870497308 9780870497308
OCLC Number: 23693384
Description: x, 535 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Part One: Love of fame --
Vanity is my cardinal vice --
Shall I creep or fly? --
To thine own self be true --
The scene of action --
Part Two: An epocha in history --
Tea that bainfull weed --
Until our rights are fully restored --
We shall do something in time --
Oh that I was a soldier! --
A total absolute independence --
To leave this station with honour --
Part Three: Safe and glorious in the harbour of peace --
A man of no consequence --
My business is peace --
Thus drops the curtain --
High against America --
Part Four: One man of inflexible integrity --
Much to be grateful for --
An office of hard labor and severe duty --
War is inexpedient --
Thunderstruck --
The seeds of discontent and division --
Part Five: I still live and enjoy life --
A retired hermetical life --
A heavy burden to carry.
Responsibility: John Ferling.
Local System Bib Number:
1610475867688_168351

Abstract:

John Ferling has nearly forty years of experience as a historian of early America. The author of acclaimed histories such as A Leap into the Dark and Almost a Miracle, he has appeared on many TV and film documentaries on this pivotal period of our history. In John Adams: A Life, Ferling offers a compelling portrait of one of the giants of the Revolutionary era. Drawing on extensive research, Ferling depicts a reluctant revolutionary, a leader who was deeply troubled by the warfare that he helped to make, and a fiercely independent statesman. The book brings to life an exciting time, an age in which Adams played an important political and intellectual role. Indeed, few were more instrumental in making American independence a reality. He performed yeoman's service in the Continental Congress during the revolution and was a key figure in negotiating the treaty that brought peace following the long War of Independence. He held the highest office in the land and as president he courageously chose to pursue a course that he thought best for the nation, though it was fraught with personal political dangers. Adams emerges here a man full of contradictions. He could be petty and jealous, but also meditative, insightful, and provocative. In private and with friends he could be engagingly witty. He was terribly self-centered, but in his relationship with his wife and children his shortcomings were tempered by a deep, abiding love. John Ferling's masterful John Adams: A Life is a singular biography of the man who succeeded George Washington in the presidency and shepherded the fragile new nation through the most dangerous of times. -- Amazon.com
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