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John Adams

The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Biography

About The Book

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of an American Founding Father.

A huge bestseller in America, David McCullough's JOHN ADAMS tells the extraordinary story of the brilliant, fiercely independent, often irascible, always honest Yankee patriot -- 'the colossus of independence', as Thomas Jefferson called him -- who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution and who rose to become the second President of the United States.

Both a riveting portrait of an abundantly human man and a vivid evocation of his time, JOHN ADAMS has the sweep and vitality of a great novel, taking us from the Boston Massacre to Philadelphia in 1776 to the Versailles of Louis XVI, from Spain to Amsterdam to London, where Adams was the first American to stand before King George III as a representative of the new nation.

This is history on a grand scale -- a book about politics and war, but also about human nature, love, faith, virtue, ambition, friendship and betrayal, and the far-reaching consequences of noble ideas. Above all, it is an enthralling, often surprising story of one of the most important and fascinating Americans who ever lived.

About The Author

Photograph by William B. McCullough

David McCullough (1933–2022) twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. His other acclaimed books include The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, Brave Companions, 1776, The Greater JourneyThe American SpiritThe Wright Brothers, and The Pioneers. He was the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. Visit

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (December 11, 2012)
  • Length: 752 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781471104527

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Awards and Honors

  • Pulitzer Prize
  • Grammy Award
  • Audie Award Winner
  • Christopher Award
  • Nelinet Award (2001)
  • Palm Beach Laureate Award (2002)
  • Colonial Dames of America Award (2002)
  • William Bradford Award/Pilgrim Society
  • Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award (2002)
  • American Academy of Diplomacy Award (2001)
  • American Revolution Round Table Book Award (2001)
  • The Los Angles Public Library Literary Award (2002)
  • New England Library and Information Network Award (2001)
  • Ambassador Book Award/English-Speaking Union of the US (2002)
  • Townsend Honoree/New England Society in the City of New York (2001)
  • Dutch Treat Club Gold Medal for Lifetime Creative Achievement (2002)
  • The Henry James Award/ Edith Wharton Women of Achievement Awards (2001)
  • The Holland Society Gold Medal for Distinguished Literacy Achievement (2002)
  • Comm. of Mass. Board of Library Commissioners Certificate of Commendation (2001)
  • Theodore H. White Lecturer/Joan Shorenstein Center, JFK School of Government/Harvard University (2002)
  • Ruth Bogan Creative Living Award, M.V. (2002)
  • Phi Beta Kappa Book Award
  • Heather's Pick - Fiction

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