Tuesday, August 3, 2010

New Release: First Family:Abigail and John Adams

I was so excited to hear about the upcoming release of First Family: Abigail and John Adams, by Joseph J. Ellis. This is scheduled to be released on October 26, 2010 and Kirkus has already given it a star review. Those of you lucky enough to live in Atlanta will be happy to hear that he will be speaking about the book on November 3, 2010 at the Atlanta History Center. Unfortunately, a bit too far from Connecticut for me. The story of Abigail Adams and her relationship with John has always intrigued me. Having a love of history, particularly American History combined with the fact I enjoy biographies this has already been added to my wishlist.

Joseph Ellis won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2001 for his book Founding Brothers, The Revolutionary Generation. He also received The National Book Award for American Sphinx, a biography about Thomas Jefferson.

First Family
Abigail and John Adams
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: October 26, 2010
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-26962-1 (0-307-26962-0)

The synopsis from the Hardcover edition published by Random House:

"Joseph J. Ellis gives us a story both intimate and panoramic: equal parts biography, political history, and love story. In a fifty-plus-year political and personal partnership, John and Abigail strategized over civic and foreign affairs as often as they discussed their children and Abigail's loneliness during John's extended absences required by his work. Their remarkable connection is epitomized in words he wrote to her after his election to the presidency: "I can do nothing without you." The Adams marriage-in all its complexity, richness, triumph, and sorrow-is revealed as never before in this masterly and essential work of history."

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Marie Cloutier said...

I'm excited for this one too! How fun.

wisteria said...

Marie. I know, Abigail Adams really intrigues me.

Ladytink_534 said...

This sounds interesting! I don't know that much about these people besides what they taught us in school.