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Adams on Adams

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Год выпуска
2004
Автор на обложке
John Adams
Тип
Печатная книга
Количество страниц
200
Язык издания
Английский
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Book DescriptionJohn Adams insisted that his was a life insignificantly lived, yet he took great pride in having played an integral role in the birth of a nation. His writings were spiced with the wit
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Book DescriptionJohn Adams insisted that his was a life insignificantly lived, yet he took great pride in having played an integral role in the birth of a nation. His writings were spiced with the wit and humor of a person who took his ideas seriously but not himself. When Adams began writing early in his career, he realized, "A pen is certainly an excellent instrument to fix a man’s attention and to inflame his ambition." Through his writings, both public and private, John Adams speaks of his rise from a country lawyer to the nation’s highest office by the force of his personality.

Adams on Adams is an autobiographical account of an extraordinary journey. Drawing from Adams’s own letters, diaries, notes, and autobiographies, editor Paul M. Zall creates a fresh portrait of the nation’s second president. Adams’s words reveal how a man lacking the advantages of money, connections, class, or patronage promoted American independence at home and abroad. Zall focuses on how the president’s inner strengths, although at times conflicting with his sense of inferiority and his obsession with fame, helped win self-rule for America and national respect abroad.

Adams’s writings are passionate and persistent; according toThomas Jefferson, Adams was "always an honest man, often a great one—but sometimes absolutely mad." His abrasive personality earned him the name "The Last Angry Man." Despite this, Adams achieved respect, diplomatic recognition, and peace for an emerging nation, as well as credit for the country’s survival during its difficult early years. Although he believed the voice of the people was as sacred as the voice of God, Adams learned through experience that Americans could be "the silliest peopleunder Heaven," and sometimes he counted himself among them.

As president, Adams took pride in establishing a navy whose presence ensured stability and helped in peace negotiations with Native Americans and foreign countries. After he retired, Adamsspent a quarter-century writing memoirs, letters, and articles in newspapers defending himself against being labeled an "aristocrat" or "monarchist" for insisting on a strong, well-balanced government as the best defense against the self-delusions of blind ambition or personal gratification.

Adams on Adams is a new look at one of America’s most famous presidents as the determined leader follows his passions for America and her future. Adams’s feisty temperament, combined with his conversational style of writing, depicts a man who lived and died by his word.

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Автор на обложке
John Adams
Тип
Печатная книга
Год выпуска
2004
Количество страниц
200
Язык издания
Английский
ISBN
0813123070
Вес в упаковке, г
381
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