Cover: Papers of John Adams, Volume 1 and 2 in HARDCOVER

Papers of John Adams, Volume 1 and 2

September 1755 – April 1775

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$312.00 • £249.95 • €281.00

ISBN 9780674654419

Publication Date: 10/25/2003


888 pages

volume 1: 410 pages, 10 halftonesvolume 2: 482 pages; 11 halftones; 1 line drawing

Belknap Press

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Taken together with the celebrated Diary and Autobiography, the Earliest Diary, the Adams Family Correspondence, and the Legal Papers of John Adams, [Papers of John Adams] constitute as revealing and complete a documentation of the development, both personal and public, of a successful revolutionist as modern history affords… In [these documents] the writer bequeathed to posterity a means of sensing some of the excitement, the importance, the fears, the apprehensions of the decade in which ‘the real American revolution’ was taking place—in short, the flavor of the times.—Carl Bridenbaugh, The Times Literary Supplement

The great theme…is that of independence; all else is subordinate to it. The reader may trace here the evolution of John Adams’ thought during this crucial year… His Plan of Treaties became a model in use down to World War II and his Thoughts on Government was designed to unite north and south on basic principles. No matter, it seems, was too small for his attention nor too large to attempt solution. A colossus indeed! The editing of this work is admirable in every way. The footnotes are exhaustive but never excessive or boring. The introductory essays are illuminating. This is an elegant and inspiring work.—Robert C. Cilmore, Historical New Hampshire

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