The Portable John Adams

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The Portable John Adams (Penguin Classics) 

Paperback – June 29, 2004

A collection of writings by America's second president features selections from his correspondence with his wife, Abigail, along with diary excerpts, parts of his memoirs, and such political writings as ""A Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law,"" ""Thoughts on Government,"" ""A Defense of Constitutions,"" ""Novanglus,"" and """"Discourse on Davila."" Original.

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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

About the Author

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.

Product details

  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; First Edition Thus edition (June 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142437786
  • ISBN-13: 9780142437780

  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 5.1 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces