Instaread Summary of John Adams by David McCullough
Five out of five stars
The author of this summary did an excellent job in summarizing what is a summary of a very complex, meaningful and consequential life. When the framers of the American constitution and the country are considered, John Adams is often relegated to a secondary role. This is partially due to his being a one-term president, the only one of the first five and founding fathers to serve one term. Yet, Adams deserves to be ranked as high as Washington, Jefferson and Madison.
One of the most overlooked aspects of this time is how viciously partisan it was and how narrow the electoral margins were. While serving as vice president under George Washington, Adams cast 31 tie-breaking votes in the Senate. Adam’s defense of the British soldiers charged over the Boston Massacre is one of the best examples of personal integrity being triumphant over personal advancement. That is so lacking in our modern political world.
Another important inclusion is a discussion of the Adams children other than John Quincy. They struggled, some of which may be due to having such a famous and successful brother.
This summary is itself interesting to read and convinced me that I must read the full book.