“John Adams” by David McCullough (Simons & Schuster, 2001)

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When it comes to the business of writing American history, two names that rank high are Stephen E. Ambrose and David McCullough, though there are some very important differences between these two authors who profess to report history as it really happened.  Stephen E. Ambrose is currently up on charges of plagiarism, while David McCullough won the Pulitzer Prize for his biography Truman, and he has just won it again this year for John Adams.  To receive such a prestigious awards tells one that McCullough is definitely doing something right.

And in John Adams he certainly doesn’t hold back, as the reader is transported to within the confines of John Adams’ mind, as the reader is taken on a journey that he or she has never taken before with the second president of the United States.  Much is revealed about Adams’s life that wasn’t so widely known before: his beginning friendship with a man known as Thomas Jefferson, and how the two eventually became enemies, Adams’s courageous trek over the Pyrenees, and how in the winter of 1778 his voyage on the frigate Boston is one to shock all.

The audiobook is read with the commanding deep tones of Edward Herrmann, one cannot help but get caught up in the complete history of this man who is forever remembered in history, but revealed in a completely new light for the first time under the skillful penmanship of David McCullough.

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Originally published in June/July 2002.

Originally published in the Long Beach Union.