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Author: David McCullough Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2001 ISBN: 9780743550864
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The #1 New York Times Bestseller Now Available in a Deluxe Unabridged CD Package
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 thought, wrote, and spoke out for the "Great Cause" come what might; who traveled far and wide in all seasons and often at extreme risk; who rose to become the second President of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war; who was rightly celebrated for his integrity, 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.
Much about John Adams's life will come as a surprise to many. His rocky relationship with friend and eventual archrival Thomas Jefferson, his courageous voyage on the frigate Boston tin the winter of 1778 and his later trek over the Pyrenees are exploits few would have dared and that few listeners will ever forget.
Like his masterful, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Truman, David McCullough's John Adams has the sweep and vitality of a great novel. This is history on a grand scale -- an audiobook 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, It is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lucid and compelling…[Written] in a fluent narrative style that combines a novelist’s sense of drama with a scholar’s meticulous attention to the historical record.”  

    New York Times

  • “McCullough is one of our most gifted living writers.” 

    Washington Post

  • “A masterwork of storytelling.” 

    Time

  • “By far the best biography of Adams ever written…McCullough’s special gift as an artist is his ability to re-create past human beings in all their fullness and all their humanity. In John and Abigail he has found characters worthy of his talent.”  

    New York review of Books

  • “Here a preeminent master of narrative history takes on the most fascinating of our founders to create a benchmark for all Adams biographers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Adams emerges from McCullough’s brilliant biography as a truly heroic figure—not only for his significant role in the American Revolution but also for maintaining his personal integrity in its strife-filled aftermath.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “This is a wonderfully stirring biography; to read it is to feel as if you are witnessing the birth of a country firsthand.” 

    Booklist

  • “This excellent biography deserves a wide audience.”

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography
  • Winner of the 2002 Audie Award
  • A #1 New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • Winner of the 2002 Ambassador Book Award for Biography
  • A 2001 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction
  • A 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Biography

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About the Author

David McCullough, acclaimed historian and New York Times bestselling author, has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. His other acclaimed books are 1776, Brave Companions, The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Greater Journey, and The Wright Brothers. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

About the Narrator

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Audie Awards and twenty-two Earphones Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.