‘John Adams’: A Beautiful Historical Nonfiction

I am a fan of books, mostly fiction. One day several months ago I started reading this book, John Adams, which was written by the Pulitzer Prize author, David McCullough. Within the first few pages, I was riveted. This was unlike any nonfictional book I had ever read. David McCullough brought a sort of fictional feel to this real story that happened centuries ago.

The Amazing Pictures in John Adams

One thing that made this book so fun to read were the pictures. There are three sections that show you some amazing pictures pertaining to that part of the book. There are paintings of historical figures like King George III, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and many other people. There are also letters you can read written by John Adams himself as well as drawings of some of the places he visited. These fabulous drawings and paintings were a quarter of the reason why I loved this book so much.

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The People in John Adams

Not only did I learn a great deal about John Adams but I also got an in depth look at the people around him. One of my favorite bits about this book is his relationship with his best friend, Thomas Jefferson. It was fascinating reading about them taking trips through rural England, which from David McCullough’s descriptive storytelling, allowed me to envision the gorgeous places they visited. His love for his wife, Abigail Adams, was just as palpable. There were many love letters John Adams wrote that gave me a personal insight into their relationship. The growth of his children was another wonderful thing to read. It felt like by the end of the book I knew the children as well as I had gotten to know John Adams himself. David McCullough also gave a fascinating a detailed look into the people around him who founded Congress as well as the french leaders who he negotiated with as an American diplomat during the turbulent times of the American Revolution.

The Story of John Adams

It was amazing following John Adam’s journey throughout his ninety-one years of his life. From when he was but a young man traipsing after girls at Harvard to when he was a wise elder residing with his family after years of hard work for his country. It was enthralling reading about his diplomatic journey throughout Europe. My favorite part of John Adam’s story was when he was running to become president. It was exciting, riveting, and very interesting to learn of how he became the second president of the United States. Throughout all of these fantastic achievements, he obtained he never stopped loving his past and where he came from. He always dreamed of returning back to his hometown of Braintree, Massachusetts, and living a simple farmer’s life. His love of his humble beginnings never swayed and allowed him to never be corrupted by the fancy living he had during his diplomatic years in Europe. After I finished this beautifully written book I felt like I got to truly know John Adams as a person and his ideals as one of our founding fathers.

My Overview of John Adams

In the end I did grow emotional. Some things that happened near the end of his life were sad and unfortunate. It, however, was such a beautifully written nonfiction book that I am definitely going to read it once more. There were so many things that I missed that I would understand a lot more if I read it again. Another reason why this book is so good is it has made me curious to know a little more about the American Revolution, George Washington, the French Revolution, and Thomas Jefferson. Even though these events and these people were in John Adam’s life they were only on the periphery of his story.

This book is very thick and consists of 634 pages telling John Adam’s story. The rest of the pages are for the acknowledgments, the source notes, index, bibliography, and just the beginning of the book which contains a family tree and so forth.

It’s priced perfectly at less than twenty dollars and is well worth the buy. David McCullough’s work is one to admire and I will definitely read some more of his books.

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