John Adams - David McCullough

John Adams

By David McCullough

  • Release Date: 2001-05-22
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 268 Ratings


The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling biography of America’s founding father and second president that was the basis for the acclaimed HBO series, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough.

In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose to become the second president of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was learned beyond all but a few and regarded by some as “out of his senses”; and whose marriage to the wise and valiant Abigail Adams is one of the moving love stories in American history.

This is history on a grand scale—a book about politics and war and social issues, but also about human nature, love, religious faith, virtue, ambition, friendship, and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, John Adams is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.


  • Should Be Under $4

    By Prophet Amos
    This biography is supposed to be under four dollars. It states that in the Biography Section of iTunes.
  • Excellent

    By Emmet Aloysius
    A bit long but an enjoyable biography of an American hero who I knew very little about except an overview. A personal touch by the author adds a very intimate perspective. John Adams the man was an inspiration. Recommended for history buffs...EAF
  • The Original American

    By Potawatomie
    A great story of possibly the greatest of the great men who conceived of and brought to fruition our great nation! Compelling narrative of the differences in the characters of the men who created the United States of America. Also a tremendous love story of two people who truly lived for and needed each other throughout their lives. Both were able to bare their souls to each other and truly express their love for one another! I feel this is a book that should be read by every American! Without John Adams, I fear the United States would never have been an independent nation!
  • Great book on true American patriot

    By PaNoMaC
    This book is one of the best I've ever read. John Adams is truly an underrated hero of this nation's independence. Tremendous job!
  • Good book, bad price

    By Official book
    This is a good, interesting book. You are nuts if you pay 15 bucks for it on iBooks though. I paid 1 dollar for the hardcover at a church book sale. Only a sucker would pay 15 bucks.
  • Fascinating read!

    By Doble8592103
    This book gives an outstanding account of the events leading up to the War and independence.
  • Fantastic

    By AppleAir
    One of the best books ever.
  • Most read

    By IPhoneuseroo7
    the author brings the characters to life. It is the most interesting history book I ever read
  • A true insight!

    By hokiemike64
    I stumbled upon this book while looking at some material for Thomas Jefferson. I must tell everyone that the nature, character and political astuteness contained in the person of John Adams, as written by the author, compels one through each succeeding page. The level of detail David McCollugh delves into presents a great man, of humble beginnings, as he was. Bittern by his own insecurities, the book details how at crucial points in his life and during the founding of the nation, Mr. Adams went from farmer to President of the United States. For those interested in reading a study of the true principles of a republican form of government, you must read this insightful portrayal of not just the facts, but the soul of John Adams. The book also includes a portrait of the fallibilities of his children, as well as the tender, loving relationship he had with his family, including the beloved Abigail Adams. The only sadness for me was coming to the end of the book. I loved it that much, I wrote about it on my personal blog. If you are a history buff like me, you will want to add this to your collection. Mike Rowland