John Adams

The American Presidents Series: The 2nd President, 1797-1801

The American Presidents

John Patrick Diggins; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Series Editor; Read by Richard Rohan

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A revealing look at the true beginning of American politics

Until recently rescued by David McCullough, John Adams has always been overshadowed by Washington and Jefferson. Volatile, impulsive, irritable, and self-pitying, Adams seemed temperamentally unsuited for the presidency. Yet in many ways he was the perfect successor to Washington in terms of ability, experience, and popularity.

Possessed of a far-ranging intelligence, Adams took office amid the birth of the government and multiple crises. As well as maintaining neutrality and regaining peace, his administration created the Department of the Navy, put the army on a surer footing, and left a solvent treasury. One of his shrewdest acts was surely the appointment of moderate Federalist John Marshall as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Though he was a Federalist, Adams sought to work outside the still-forming party system. In the end, this would be his greatest failing and most useful lesson to later leaders.

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Listen to this audiobook excerpt from John Patrick Diggins' biography John Adams, part of The American Presidents Series. Until recently rescued by David McCullough, John Adams has always been overshadowed by Washington and Jefferson. Volatile, impulsive, irritable, and self-pitying, Adams seemed temperamentally unsuited for the presidency. Yet in many ways he was the perfect successor to Washington in terms of ability, experience, and popularity.

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John Patrick Diggins; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Series Editor; Read by Richard Rohan

John Patrick Diggins is Distinguished Professor of History at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of numerous books, including On Hallowed Ground, The Proud Decades, The Lost Soul of American Politics, The Rise and Fall of the American Left, and Max Weber: Politics and the Spirit of Tragedy. He lives in New York City.

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Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.
Richard Rohan

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John Adams
The American Presidents Series: The 2nd President, 1797-1801
John Patrick Diggins; Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Series Editor; Read by Richard Rohan

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
June 2003
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781593973193
ISBN10: 1593973195
Audio Run Time: 6:00
$12.99

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Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
June 2003
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805069372
ISBN10: 0805069372
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages, Includes a black-and-white illustration
$22.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
June 2003
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429998413
ISBN10: 1429998415
224 pages
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