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By Joseph J. Ellis

The Pulitzer Prize–winning, best-selling writer of Founding Brothers and His Excellency brings America’s preeminent first couple to existence in a relocating and illuminating narrative that sweeps throughout the American Revolution and the republic’s tenuous early years.

John and Abigail Adams left an indelible and remarkably preserved portrait in their lives jointly of their own correspondence: either Adamses have been prolific letter writers (although John conceded that Abigail used to be in actual fact the extra proficient of the two), and through the years they exchanged greater than twelve hundred letters. Joseph J. Ellis distills this exceptional and unsurpassed list to provide us an account either intimate and panoramic; half biography, half political historical past, and half love story.

Ellis describes the 1st assembly among the 2 as inauspicious—John was once twenty-four, Abigail simply fifteen, and every was once fullyyt unimpressed with the opposite. yet they quickly all started a passionate correspondence that ended in their marriage 5 years later.

Over the following many years, the couple have been separated approximately up to they have been jointly. John’s political occupation took him first to Philadelphia, the place he grew to become the boldest suggest for the measures that might bring about the statement of Independence. but so that it will attend the second one Continental Congress, he left his spouse and kids in the course of the struggle area that had by means of then engulfed Massachusetts. Later he was once despatched to Paris, the place he served as a minister to the court docket of France along Benjamin Franklin. those years aside under pressure the Adamses’ union nearly past what it may endure: Abigail grew lonely, whereas the Adams childrens suffered from their father’s absence.

John was once elected the nation’s first vp, yet by the point of his reelection, Abigail’s healthiness avoided her from becoming a member of him in Philadelphia, the intervening time capital. She without doubt had additional reservations approximately relocating to the swamp at the Potomac while John grew to become president, even supposing this time he persuaded her. President Adams inherited a vulnerable and bitterly divided nation from George Washington. The political state of affairs used to be perilous at most sensible, and he wanted his closest consultant through his facet: “I can do nothing,” John advised Abigail after his election, “without you.”

In Ellis’s wealthy and impressive new heritage, John and Abigail’s dating unfolds within the context of America’s beginning as a country.

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