Some years back, I read David McCullough’s “John Adams”.
Last night, after a lovely Thanksgiving day and huge meal with all the trimmings that go with a turkey dinner, I thought, “maybe I’ll read ‘John Adams’ again…after all, how appropriate, on a Thanksgiving holiday, to read a book about the founders of our country?”
(besides, it was snowing! and I remembered how “John Adams” starts out):
“In the cold, nearly colorless light of a New England winter, two men on horseback traveled the coast road below Boston, heading north. A foot or more of snow covered the landscape, the remnants of a Christmas storm that had blanketed Massachusetts from one end of the province to the other. Beneath the snow, after weeks of severe cold, the ground was frozen solid to a depth of two feet.”
Immediately I began to get caught up all over again in this lovely biography of Adams’ life. McCullough’s bibliography in itself is extensive, and his writing keeps one totally absorbed. Even though well over 600 pages long, I expect this book to, once again, (and like McCullough’s “Truman”), be fast-moving for me. One just cannot stop reading!
“John Adams” is not only a story of Adams’ life, it is also the story of the beginnings of our country and of the men and women who founded it. The interaction of personalities, the way colonial America conducted itself back then, while still trying to discover who on earth we really *were*, (and the endeavors amidst many opinions and heated discussions of how to actually become WHO America was going to be),
PLUS the story of a marriage intertwined with Adams’ own character traits, personality strengths and foibles, Abigail’s own role that she played and her support (and never-ending friendship) of a man who did much to set America on its path toward greatness…
well. “John Adams” is not only entertaining, it is absorbing, educational and inspiring!
I just can’t say enough about McCullough’s “John Adams”, and I will be writing more about this biography in future.
Right now, I’m going to go have lunch…and read some more.