John Adams, David McCullough, published by Touchstone in Rockefeller Center in New York, New York, copyright 2001,727 pages including bibliography and index.
In this powerful biography, the journey of John Adams life is told in a novel like way that enables a reader to feel as if they have lived the life with Mr. Adams. The book was written and addresses some very different times in the founding of our colonies and nation. .
One year after the marriage of Susanna Boylston and John Adams (known as Deacon John), the union was blessed with a son John Adams whom was named after his father on October 19, 1735. Deacon John believed that virtue and independence with religion were among the highest moral achievements. These values were passed down to future generations in the Adams family. .
The childhood and upbringing of John was a solid one, his father believing in values and education. John at age fifteen was sent to Harvard. Upon graduation, John began his chosen career of being a lawyer. After a courtship of nearly five years on October 25, 1764 John and Abigail Smith Adams were married. The marriage of John to Abigail was the most important decision of his life, as would become apparent over time. Abigail was in all respects his equal and the part she was to play would be greater than he could possibly have imagined, for all his love for her and what appreciation he already had of her beneficial, steadying influence. The Adam's quickly began a family with four children having blessed the union. Abigail (Nabby) the first child born and following with John Quincy, Charles and Thomas Adams. .
John Adams first publication was A Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law. It was his first extended political work and one of the most important in his life, written at age thirty. This essay was a statement of his own fervent patriotism and the taproot conviction that American freedoms were not ideals still to be obtained, but rights long and firmly established by British law and by the courage of sacrifices of generations of Americans.