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John Adams – on TV and in print March 17, 2008

Filed under: Biography,History,presidents,Television — svref @ 9:00 am

johnadamsbook.jpg“People and nations are forged in the fires of adversity.” – John Adams

Many think of John Adams, second President of the United States, only when called upon to list the presidents in order. All together now: ‘Washington, Adams, Jefferson…’ However, many historians agree that John Adams was one of the most important figures of the Revolutionary Era. So says David McCullough, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 2001 biography entitled John Adams.

President Adams may finally be getting his due in a new HBO miniseries, based on the McCullough book. The 7-part series, also titled John Adams, stars Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney as John and Abigail Adams and is co-produced by Tom Hanks, who also produced the award-winning miniseries From the Earth to the Moon and Band of Brothers. An outstanding story, top-rate cast, and high production value should make this an illuminating look into a pivotal time in American history.

Parts 1 and 2 premiered on Sunday, March 16, but are being replayed multiple times. The remainder of the series will air on upcoming Sunday evenings. The full schedule can be viewed at the HBO site here. For non-HBO subscribers, we will try to keep you up to date with the expected release on DVD. In the meantime, you can get your Adams fix by checking out the book from our Biography collection, or view a list of other books about John Adams here. You may also be interested to know that the popular web site LibraryThing has worked to catalog and tag the John Adams Library, housed at the Boston Public Library. View the catalog here.

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