First Family: Abigail and John
By Joseph J. Ellis
BR 19446, Available as BARD download
Author of His Excellency: George Washington (BR 15564) and Founding Brothers (BR 12931) analyzes the marriage of second American president John Adams and his wife Abigail. Uses the couple's correspondence to portray a love affair--and a political team that led the country through uncertain post-Revolutionary War times. 2010.
First Family: Abigail and John
Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson
By Gordon S. Wood
DB 89581, LT 23041, Available as BARD download
Jefferson and Adams came from extremely disparate backgrounds, but they forged a close relationship thanks to their work during the American Revolution. Discusses that friendship, the differences that later tore them apart, and their ultimate reconciliation. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2017.
By Ernest Samuels
DB 32791, Available as BARD download
Samuels has not only condensed his three-volume biography of Henry Adams, but he has also revised this one-volume version according to more recent research. Adams is portrayed as a privileged young man, born into Boston aristocracy; a writer, particularly of history and biography; an inveterate traveler; and a man of constant comment on the subject of politics from pre-Civil War years to World War I. 1989
Henry Adams and the Making of America
By Garry Wills
DB 75256, Available as BARD download
Pulitzer Prize-winning contemporary historian Wills reexamines the work and legacy of historian Henry Adams (1838-1918), a descendant of two American presidents. Depicts Adams's extensive research of U.S. and European archives to produce a nine-volume portrait of the United States during the administrations of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. 2005.
Inventing a Nation: Washington, Adams, Jefferson
By Gore Vidal
BR 15557, Available as BARD download
Novelist and playwright reflects on the Founding Fathers' attempts to shape a new government. Vidal cites historical documents to provide a human perspective of Washington, Jefferson, and Adams, including their personal styles and concerns, opinions of each other, and political feuds. Also examines the influences of Hamilton, Madison, and Franklin. 2003.
By Page Smith
DB 14243, Available as BARD download
Biography of John Adams (1735-1826), American patriot and second President of the United States. Covers the ninety-year life of this accomplished man from his birth in New England through his marriage to Abigail Adams, his activities during the American Revolution, his election to the Presidency, and his final days when he lived to see his son, John Quincy, elected sixth President of the United States. 1980
John Adams, 2nd President of the United States
By Rebecca Stefoff
DB 30102, BR 7993, Available as BARD download
John Adams was born in 1735 in Massachusetts, the eldest of three sons. His father was a deacon in the local Congregational Church and John had a strict, Puritan upbringing. As a young lawyer, he became involved in the fight for American independence. He would later serve as the first ambassador to Great Britain and as president. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 1988
By David G. McCullough
DB 52275, BR 13426, LT 2811, Available as BARD download
Award-winning author chronicles the life and times of America's second president, New Englander John Adams (1735-1826). Examines his pivotal role as revolutionary, diplomat, and politician as well as his friendship--and rivalry--with Thomas Jefferson. Primary sources detail his relationship with his wife, Abigail, four children, and notable contemporaries. Pulitzer Prize winner. Bestseller. 2001.
John Quincy Adams
By Harlow G. Unger
DB 76340, Available as BARD download
Historian and author of John Hancock (DB 62213) examines the personal and political life of sixth American president John Quincy Adams (1767-1848). Discusses Adams's father--the second U.S. president--and the younger Adams's career as a diplomat prior to his 1825 election to the highest office. Commercial audiobook. 2012.