The Portable John Adams

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Penguin, 2004 M06 29 - 576 pages
In addition to being an uncompromising defender of liberty, esteemed diplomat, and successor to George Washington, John Adams was a passionate and prolific writer. Adams biographer John Patrick Diggins gathers an impressive variety of his works in this compact, original volume, including parts of his diary and autobiography, and selections from his rich correspondence with this wife, Abigail, Thomas Jefferson, and others. The Portable John Adams also features his most important political works: “A Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law,” “Thoughts on Government,” “A Defense of Constitutions,” “Novanglus,” and “Discources in Davila.” There is no finer introduction to the protean genius of this seminal American philosopher.

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Title Page Copyright Page Introduction
DIARY AND AUTOBIOGRAPHY
CORRESPONDENCE OF JOHN AND ABIGAIL ADAMS Chapter 3 EARLIEST WRITINGS
A DISSERTATION ON CANON AND FEUDAL LAW Chapter 5 THOUGHTS ON GOVERNMENT Chapter 6NOVANGLUS Chapter 7 A DEFEN...
DISCOURSES ON DAVILA Chapter 9 CORRESPONDENCE WITH ROGER SHERMAN AND JOHN TAYLOR
CORRESPONDENCE OF JOHN AND ABIGAIL ADAMS WITH THOMAS JEFFERSON
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John Adams (1735-1826), educated as a lawyer at Harvard, was the Massachusetts delegate to the First and Second Continental Congresses. During the Revolutionary War, he served abroad in diplomatic roles and helped negotiate the peace treaty. After serving as Vice President for two terms under George Washington, he was subsequently elected President.

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