John Adams and the American Revolution
BOWEN, Catherine Drinker
Published by Atlantic Little, Brown, Boston (1950)
Hardcover Measures 8.5x6 inches Weighs 2 pounds 1 ounce
Condition: Book Very good. Dust Jacket condition Good.
Boards are dark teal with gold decoration on front. Spine has gold text inside a black box and gold decoration. Absolutely beautiful!. Endpapers are lavishly illustrated. Former owner label affixed neatly to the inside of the first free leaf, and this is the leaf opposite the ½ title.
This is an illustrated copy. It is a Book Of The Month Club edition.
Pages are clean, lightly honey colored. Text is crisp and illustrations are clean and bright.
DJ has a closed tear and general scuffing and little creases, along the edges, general light shelf wear.
Insert with book:
A Report by JOHN P. MARQUAND
FEW books have as much to say for themselves as this one. Reviewers have devel
oped a cliche to describe a well-sustained work of non-fiction. "It reads/' they tell
us, "like a novel." I do not think that any section of John Adapts and the American
Revolution ever falls into this trite category. Instead, from first page to last it reads
like a scroll of living history, and one reason for this authenticity lies in the intuitive
skill and artistic judgment that Mrs. Bowen has brought to her painstaking research.
No family in America has been as consistently and frankly literate as the Boston
Adamses. John Adams himself was an indefatigable diarist and letter writer through
out his life, which covered a span of ninety years, and the correspondence of his wife
and children have been preserved in quantity, together with his briefs and printed
works. Though part is still jealously guarded by his descendants, it is not strange that
many Adams students, confused by the available mass of this material, have left poster
ity with the general impression that John Adams was a dry-as-dust individual of few
dimensions, devoid of humor or emotion.
His latest biographer has cleared this documentary miasma by dealing with only one
phase of his career. As Mrs. Bowen states in her introduction, to retail the achieve
ments of the young Adams, the lawyer and revolutionist, of Adams the ambassador,
the President and finally the elder statesman, would be merely to set down the outlines
of an historical chronology. Instead, John Adams and the American Revolution is a
tale of development of a child, a youth and finally of a man approaching his prime, •