John Adams by David McCollough
Simon & Shuster, New York, 2001
This is one of the best books I have ever read. Usually I find non-fiction literature to be difficult get into and it takes me a while to get through one; not so with this. McCollough does a fantastic job of writing in manner that kept me thoroughly enthralled.
After reading it, it is a shame that our country does not hold Adams up to the same respect as Jefferson or Washington. His presidency may not have been as impactful as the other two (arguably), but he was THE most important politician during the revolutionary period and the years leading up to the constitution. The only American that had an arguably greater impact on American independence was George Washington. Adams’ Thoughts on Government, writing the MA constitution, his representation to France, Netherlands, and Britain, and his unwavering commitment to both American ideals of independence and to essential principles of honesty, integrity, hardwork, and education were crucial to America’s plight.
This is a must read for all Americans, it reminds us of what our country was founded on.