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3.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 53.65 out of 5 3.65 (26 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ira Stoll Narrator: Paul Boehmer Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 PanzerBunny | 1/31/2014

    " Difficult to put down, however my travel companion Donna is also fingering through pages. So we share on train rides. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Diane | 1/28/2014

    " Well-researched and decently written biography of one of the more neglected founders of the American Republic. I remember learning about Sam Adams in elementary school, but he doesn't figure in to most narratives of American history in a very big way. The author provides an in-depth biography, and elaborates on some of Adams' qualities (his commitment to a particular region of the country, his populism) that have caused him to be somewhat neglected but that contain powerful lessons for contemporary America. The writing style was pretty good overall, but stilted in some places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 1/21/2014

    " Interesting book on this forgotten founding father. It was definitely a biased view, but since it was fairly obviously such, and one that I liked, I was fine with it. I enjoyed seeing the guiding force of faith in his life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frode | 1/19/2014

    " The book filled in some history I didn't know, particularly about the biases of New England folks during those days. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 1/9/2014

    " Its interesting the details that get left out in studies of history and how much this man has disappeared, yet he was very important. to quote his famous cousin "Without the character of Samuel Adams, the true history of the American Revolution can never be written." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Murray | 1/3/2014

    " Good information. Kind of dwells on the religion a bit too much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hal Edwards | 12/29/2013

    " I never knew how much of a part Samuel Adams took in the revolutionary war. How is he kept secret. This man was a giant in our nations history "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike Edwards | 11/25/2013

    " A short biography, clearly written by a fan and admirer of Samuel Adams. Not a bad book, but I prefer my biographies to be more nuanced in their views. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Carr | 11/13/2013

    " Colorful man of emotion. I enjoyed this book for the overview. Not the smoothest read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martin Whatwouldthefoundersthink | 9/4/2013

    " This is a pretty good book although the author had to face challenges not found in researching other founders. Namely, Sam Adams periodically burned all his papers! I've done a complete review here "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 8/29/2013

    " This isn't quite a page turner, but it's a great look into the mind and deeds of one of the first Sons of Liberty. If you want to understand a little more about how the country came to be, this is a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug Hauser | 7/30/2013

    " Very good book about a a founding father that many have put on the back burners of history. He should be given more credit for contribution to our beginnings. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Sweeney | 2/17/2013

    " I knew Samuel Adams was instrumental in the American Revolution. What I did not know that, from this writer's perspective, if there had been no Sam Adams, we'd probably still be British citizens! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 9/25/2011

    " Terrific story of Samuel Adam's huge contribution to the formation of the USA and the sacrifices he endured. Presents a clear and missing chapter in the history of America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derek | 12/11/2010

    " I will not apologize for 5 stars, though it seems so many don't think this book deserves much of any compliment at all. Personally I couldn't put it down. I loved the quotes, loved this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Louie | 9/28/2010

    " 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 Celeste | 9/21/2010

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 8/23/2010

    " Its interesting the details that get left out in studies of history and how much this man has disappeared, yet he was very important. to quote his famous cousin "Without the character of Samuel Adams, the true history of the American Revolution can never be written."

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William | 8/9/2010

    " Terrific story of Samuel Adam's huge contribution to the formation of the USA and the sacrifices he endured. Presents a clear and missing chapter in the history of America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 4/14/2010

    " Excellent book to read!! Samuel definitely played the most influential role in the Revolutionary War. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 12/19/2009

    " I knew Samuel Adams was instrumental in the American Revolution. What I did not know that, from this writer's perspective, if there had been no Sam Adams, we'd probably still be British citizens! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeffrey | 6/21/2009

    " Interesting book on this forgotten founding father. It was definitely a biased view, but since it was fairly obviously such, and one that I liked, I was fine with it. I enjoyed seeing the guiding force of faith in his life. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. Paul is a 1992 Masters of Fine Arts graduate of the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Delaware.