Author Rating: C

1876 (read 3/24/2013) Not recommended

“Gore Vidal is a great writer.” You’ve heard that, right? If the rest of his works are of this caliber, he’s highly overrated. I threw it down after getting 1/3 of the way through. Nothing happens! A guy and his widowed daughter get off a boat in New York, they stay in a fancy hotel while he looks for work as a writer. Time goes by and he gets jobs, but we never see anything happen. Every other sentence is “I’m just like Rip Van Winkle, oh, I shouldn’t say that, it’s boring.” I was hoping to learn something about American history while being entertained but I was neither entertained nor enlightened.

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Author Rating: A

John Adams (recommended, read 6/29/11)

What a terrific read this is!

I was really surprised at how much I did not know about the American revolution and its aftermath, particularly the fact that, although George Washington is known as the Father of Our Country, without John Adams it is unlikely the Revolution would have happened.

John Adams, signer of the Constitution and second president of the United States. Lithograph of an original painting by Stuart Gilbert.

Jefferson brought the words, Washington led the army, but Adams made those two things happen. Without John Adams, there would be no America as we know it.

The volume also contains an extensive index and bibliography, both of which are valuable reference tools for further study.

A must read for every American.