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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (97 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Brookhiser Narrator: Dan Cashma Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In America's First Dynasty, Richard Brookhiser tells the story of America's longest and still-greatest dynasty, the Adamses, the only family in our history to play a leading role in American affairs for nearly two centuries. John Adams was only the first of the Adamses to occupy the highest office in the land; his son, John Quincy Adams, ascended to the presidency as an equal champion of liberty. Following in this great legacy were writers Charles Francis Adams and Henry Adams, the latter of whom proved as able to write on art history as on affairs of state and government; Henry Adams won a Pulitzer Prize for his work.

Brookhiser has written a great history of a great family, balancing praise with due consideration of the family's darker side.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ryan Reese | 11/22/2012

    " Pretty well-written and informative, but who really wants to know everything about the Adams family. I mean John and JQ were cool guys, but I don't really know if I bought into the whole thesis of this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Louie Verile JR. | 8/2/2011

    " good overview on the family and a great way to get introduced to Charles and Henry "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Robert | 6/30/2011

    " An informative book, but the author's own political views are too palpable, and he seems to have a personal dislike for Henry Adams and, to a lesser extent, John Quincy Adams. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mary | 5/9/2010

    " At just over 200 pages to cover the lives of 4 generations, this contains little more than sketches of John, John Quincy, Charles Francis, and Henry Adams. The impression I got from Brookhiser is that these men did a handful of great things more or less in spite of themselves. "

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