Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams

By Joseph J. Ellis
Read by Tom Parker

8.60 Hours 07/01/1995 unabridged
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Here is a fresh look at an astute, likably quirky statesman, by the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Founding Brothers and the National Book Award–winning American Sphinx. John Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of our nation and its second president, spent nearly the last third of his life in retirement, grappling with contradictory views of his place in history and fearing his reputation would not fare well in the generations after his death. And indeed, future generations did slight him, elevating Jefferson and Madison to lofty heights while Adams remained way back in the second tier. Now, in a witty, clear, and thoughtful narrative of Adams’ later life at his home in Quincy, Joseph Ellis explores the mind and personality of the man, as well as the earlier events that shaped his thinking. Listeners will discover Adams to be both contentious and lovable, generous and petty, and perhaps the most intellectually profound of the revolutionary generation, whose perspective on America’s prospects has relevance for us today.

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Here is a fresh look at an astute, likably quirky statesman, by the author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning Founding Brothers and the National Book Award–winning American Sphinx.

John Adams, one of the Founding Fathers of our nation and its second president, spent nearly the last third of his life in retirement, grappling with contradictory views of his place in history and fearing his reputation would not fare well in the generations after his death. And indeed, future generations did slight him, elevating Jefferson and Madison to lofty heights while Adams remained way back in the second tier. Now, in a witty, clear, and thoughtful narrative of Adams’ later life at his home in Quincy, Joseph Ellis explores the mind and personality of the man, as well as the earlier events that shaped his thinking. Listeners will discover Adams to be both contentious and lovable, generous and petty, and perhaps the most intellectually profound of the revolutionary generation, whose perspective on America’s prospects has relevance for us today.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“His best book…Ellis’ knack for bringing historical figures to life seems so natural you can’t imagine him doing anything else.” New York Times Book Review
“[A] notable study.” Publishers Weekly
“Capture[s] the man’s appealing spirit, providing new perspective on an unfairly neglected Founding Father.” Kirkus Reviews
“Parker narrates this intellectual tour de force with strength and wit. His unvoiced reading matches the text wonderfully. His reading presents the complexity of thought clearly.” Kliatt

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Author Bio: Joseph J. Ellis

Joseph J. Ellis is the Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College. Educated at the College of William and Mary and Yale University, he served as a captain in the army and taught at West Point before coming to Mount Holyoke in 1972. He was dean of the faculty there for ten years. Among his previous books is Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams. He lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts, with his wife, Ellen, and three sons.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Nonfiction/Political Science
Runtime: 8.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English