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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (404 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ira Stoll Narrator: Paul Boehmer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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I pity Mr. Sam Adams, his cousin John Adams wrote to his wife, for he was born a Rebel. At virtually every juncture of the American Revolution, from the Boston Massacre and Tea Party to Lexington and Concord and the ratification of the Constitution, Samuel Adams played a forceful role. With his fiery rhetoric and religious fervor, he was in many respects the moral conscience of the new nation. The love of liberty, he thundered, is interwoven in the soul of man, and can never be totally extinguished.

And yet history has neglected him; today Samuel Adams is best known as a brand of beer. As relations with Great Britain healed in the 19th century, historians were all too willing to dismiss him as a zealot; Adams's distrust of secularism (he envisioned America as a Christian Sparta) has not endeared him to many contemporary scholars, either. Ira Stoll's fascinating biography not only restores this figure to his rightful place in history but portrays him as a man of God whose skepticism of a powerful central government, uncompromising support for freedom of the press, concern about the influence of money on elections, voluble love of liberty, and selfless endurance in a war for freedom has enormous relevance to Americans today. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Louie Verile JR. | 2/20/2014

    " I've always wanted to read a book on Adams but the author makes this so dry and dull I went from chapter 3 to the end and read the last 12 pages. Avoid at all costs and search for a better bio. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Celeste | 2/12/2014

    " I never actualy finished this book but as far as I got into it I thought the author did a great job researching Adams and I was impressed with Adamas as a person with strong convictions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Zac | 2/10/2014

    " A decent account of a founder that was instrumental leader in Boston and as a member of the Continental Congress. Stoll seems to leave out some important aspects of Adam's life such as his relationship with his cousin John, while focusing too much on the religious aspects of Adam's life. Although religion was a significant factor in Adam's character, Stoll often detracts on tangents, and leaves the reader without a sense for the overall thesis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael Taylor | 2/1/2014

    " An extremely readable biography of Adams. It is not meant to be comprehensive, but it is a good introduction to the man which should lead to further study through other books. Time well spent! "

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About the Author

Ira Stoll is editor of FutureOfCapitalism.com and the author of Samuel Adams: A Life. From 2002 to 2008 he was vice president and managing editor of the New York Sun. Previously, he served as Washington correspondent and managing editor of the Forward, as North American editor of the Jerusalem Post, and as president of the Harvard Crimson.