Bibliography (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
Adams, John, and Abigail Adams. The Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762-1784. Edited by L. H. Butterfield, Marc Friedlander, and Mary-Jo Kline. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1975. Offers a personal view of the Adams family.
Ellis, Joseph J. Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams. New York: Norton, 2001. Meditative essay ponders the distinctive personality and achievements of the cantankerous second president of the United States. Includes bibliography and index.
Ferling, John E. John Adams: A Life. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1992. Places Adams in the top tier of American presidents while recognizing his character flaws. Includes bibliography.
McCullough, David. John Adams. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001. Biography uses Adams’s diaries and letters to his wife to paint a portrait of Adams. Also covers Adams’s relationship with Thomas Jefferson.
Ryerson, Richard Alan, ed. John Adams and the Founding of the Republic. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society; distributed by Northeastern University Press, 2001. Includes bibliography and index.
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