Abigail Adams: A Biography

A viral Abigail Adams A Biography By Phyllis Lee Levin are Books Phyllis Lee Levin is an author who has been a reporter editor and columnist for The New York Times Wife of o

A viral Abigail Adams: A Biography By Phyllis Lee Levin are Books Phyllis Lee Levin is an author who has been a reporter, editor, and columnist for The New York Times.. Wife of one president and mother of another, Abigail Adams was an extraordinary woman living at an extraordinary time in American history A tireless letter writer and diarist, her penetrating and often caustic impressions of most of the major persons of her day including Ben Franklin, George and Martha Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and King George IIIWife of one president and mother of another, Abigail Adams was an extraordinary woman living at an extraordinary time in American history A tireless letter writer and diarist, her penetrating and often caustic impressions of most of the major persons of her day including Ben Franklin, George and Martha Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and King George III, among others provide one of the best first hand accounts of the American Revolution This biography, researched and written over a fourteen year period, is a fascinating portrait of a brilliant woman at the center of the founding of the American republic.. Bestseller Books Abigail Adams: A Biography Great overview of her life and beliefs, but too much extra information on the men around her - JA, JQA, TJ, etc.

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  1. Phyllis Lee Levin is an author who has been a reporter, editor, and columnist for The New York Times.

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  1. A well researched, well put together book, given what I m sure are fairly limited sources But it really wasn t the book for me, and definitely isn t one of my favorite biographies That said, the connection to Sherburne, NY, made my day.


  2. Abigail Adams was the original stand by your man woman From the excerpts of her letters, we learn a bit about Abigail, her relationship with John Adams, her love for her family and friends, as well as her anxieties and frustrations Occasionally this book comes across as being as much about John as it is Abigail, but perhaps that helps to understand Abigail s motivations and opinions.


  3. I found this book interesting, but it took many months to read I liked the description and the details of history weaved into a pleasing narrative But, it is a very traditional biography and chapters such as Circumstances and connections respectable and Faithful are the Wounds are not very spicy Still, Mrs Adams is worth knowing She was married to a president and mother to a president She calls B.S on the Virginian founding fathers for supporting slavery She is a rigid new Englander who loves du [...]


  4. I received this book as a gift a few years ago, but was only able to get a couple of chapters into it The writing style which involves many quotes from actual letters written by or to Abigail Adams was a challenge Also, it was hard for me to keep all the their friends and family members and there were many straight in my mind I recently read an extremely well written and entertaining book on John Adams by David McCullough that gave me a concise layout of the the events and people in the lives of [...]


  5. Worth buying if you want a model of how not to write a biography Dull and superficial, it s little a five hundred page long summary of Adams letters, managing to provide absolutely no insights into her personality, or the historical and social forces at work in the world around her There s little interpretation at all there were plenty of openings which I could see in the quoted sources for gender race commentary, but Levin passes them all by with seeming complete obliviousness Whoever edited t [...]


  6. If this book is anything, it is as far as I know complete This book, however, isn t just about Abigail Adams it tells the stories of many of the Adams family, occasionally not mentioning Abigail for pages.One thing I found helpful was that this book provided enough context about the American history of the time that with a basic knowledge of it, I was able to understand everything that was going on Unfortunately, the same was not true for international history with minimal context, I was often c [...]


  7. I heart Abigail This was an awesome, historically comprehensive, personally tender account I saw in her life many aspects I can easily relate to, such as her struggle for balance in the personal and public, motherhood and other roles What a great biography of a founding mother who helped birth our nation As a bonus, I became better acquainted with a broad cast of her associates Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Mercy Otis Warren, to name a few At some point Abigail was on the outs with ma [...]


  8. While all in all, this is an excellent biography, it might have been better to say it was a whole family tale instead of focusing on one individual member of the family While the main part of the story is Abigail s, there are tangents where Levin takes off describing John which I admit is pretty par for the course, if you re writing about Abigail but also John Quincy and his wife Louisa The research is in depth and well written, but if you re searching for a book that is mainly Abigail s views a [...]


  9. It s good that I read this book after The Wordy Shipmates This book takes place about 100 years later, and the shipmates are still wordy Some of the biography was interesting, but much of it was concerned with Abigail s reaction to the political machinations of the day not what I m interested in Once upon a time, in one of my classes, I chose Abigail as one of the three people I d like with me if stranded on a desert isle After reading the book, I don t think so She was definitely an admirable l [...]


  10. Remember the ladies Abigail Adams should be the star of the John and Abigail twosome While John was in creating our early republic, Abigail was at home, overseeing the crops, teaching all of her children both Latin and Greek, and nursed every back to health when disease landed at her doorstep regularly What is most interesting is that after awhile, she got so sick of being home alone, that she was willing to take a difficult passage over the Atlantic to Europe to live with John in France She lov [...]


  11. I really like historical biography as a general rule but this one left me very disappointed While Levin clearly has done her research, she wasn t up to getting the most out of it Abigail Adams is one of the most interesting women in our history, but I really found myself often bored The story skipped around and was repetitive There are certainly better books if you want to learn of this amazing lady s life.


  12. Living in that time period, people in general women in particular had to be strong in mind, body and spirit Abigail Adams fit that bill It is a good book but anticipate lessons in history along the way Without a deep interest in history, boredom tends to sneak up on the reader Abigail certainly helped the growth of women, as well as, that of our unique country.


  13. Ms Levin is thorough in her research but lacks the interesting tidbits I like to read in the footnotes Adams character remains distant despite or because of the details.One funny to tell on myself the first time I attempted to read this book was right after watching HBO s series Adams I had to put the book away until I ceased hearing Laura Linney s voice as Abigail.


  14. The book is well written but never interested me much At times, it was a day by day narrative of the domestic concerns of the Adams household Long excerpts from letters to from friends and relatives fill the pages Most of those letters sounded little different from the ones I ve found digging through old family desks and drawers Some people will love it I couldn t finish it.


  15. I loved the excerpts from Abigail s letters to family and friends I thought the author occasionally lost focus on Abigail and focused on her husband, but since they were so involved and attached to each other I don t think it was a flaw in the story Overall, I think this book is a good overview of Abigail s interesting life.


  16. Okay, I m only adding this to my list of books because it made such a great impact on me I read it while pregnant in 1989 I was so impressed with Abigail Adams, a woman WAY ahead of her time, that I named my daughter, Abigail, after Abigail Adams What a phenominal woman When I grow up, I want to be as pro active, smart, and as extraordinary as Abigail Adams was.


  17. Ms Levin has done an excellent job in her research The problem is that after reading David McCullogh s book John Adams, Ms Levin just does not develop her material into as interesting a format as Mr McCullogh achieved Her book reads like a history lesson rather than a life story.


  18. a brave woman way ahead of her times She was one strong, smart lady It was a joy to read a story of the woman behind the president for that day and age The issues she faced and endured, that made her stronger.



  19. Let me be clear I am not normally a huge fan of historical biographies.I do not ordinarily go out and browse these types of books.But once I had read the first chapter I was hooked.My grandfather bought this book for me awhile ago and I m eternally grateful to him for doing that.


  20. I ve actually read this book twice but the second time didn t make it any understandable Sometimes the book gets to bogged down with trying to get the sense of Adams words that it makes it confusing and with a lack of flow.


  21. Abigail Adams is a great example of an early woman in charge She never accepted the place of a woman as simply being mother, wife and homemaker Abigail Adams was a leader who had the ears of the political leaders of her time and exercised wisdom and influence upon those around her.





  22. I thought that it was an ok book I really didn t enjoy it as much as I thought I would have because it was a slow book and kind of boring I thought Abigal Adams was a brave and noble girl.


  23. Finally finished it I think it took me three years Boring I always thought Abigail was interesting, or maybe it was the writer To be fair, I don t like history.




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