John Adams

John Adams

A Life

Book - 1992
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
Traces the life of America's second president, describes his role in shaping the country's history, and looks at his family relationships

Publisher: Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, [1992]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1992
ISBN: 9780870497308
Branch Call Number: 973.44 FERLI
Characteristics: x, 535 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Aug 11, 2018

Apparently by 1992 Ferling hadn’t yet developed a more polished prose style. He was already true to form in his unsentimental, hard bitten approach to history. It’s tempting to compare David McCullough’s wonderful Adams biography, which is more enjoyable and perhaps conveys a more vivid sense of the era, but may be a little too kind to his subject. Ferling’s J. A. is the world’s least charismatic man on a personal quest for honor and recognition, whose relationship with Abigail is less sunny, and whose own recollection of events is unreliable. Ferling considers J. A.’s termination of the Quasi War with France his most important contribution, and gives him much credit for being principled, independent etc. One historian tries harder to be affable, one tries harder to crystallize truth in book form (which can only be a relatively successful endeavor). I much admire Ferling his curmudgeonly virtue.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further


Subject Headings

No similar edition of this title was found at GL.

Try searching for John Adams to see if GL owns related versions of the work.

To Top