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John Adams (Unabridged)
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Narrator: Richard Rohan
Format: Unabridged
Release Date: June 2003
Audio Length: 6.5 hours
Rating: 44 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 (3 ratings)
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Perhaps no U.S. president was less suited for the practice of politics than John Adams. A gifted philosopher who helped lead the movement for American independence from its inception, Adams was unprepared for the realities of party politics that had already begun to dominate the new country before Washington left office. Indeed, Adams and the Federalists were so effectively outmaneuvered by the Republicans that history has tended to overlook the legacy of the short, balding man from Massachusetts who led the country between Washington and Jefferson.

But, as John Patrick Diggins shows, Adams's contributions still resonate today. During his single term he created the Department of the Navy, rallied support for an undeclared war against France, oversaw the passage of the Alien and Sedition Act, and left a solvent Treasury. More important, he identified and fought against two trends that continued to trouble domestic affairs today. Adams was keenly aware of the influence of the rich and famous over the popular imagination. Many of his policies were intended to keep the unofficial aristocracy of celebrity, including that of president, in check. Adams also foresaw the Jefferson's populism, which helped the Republicans win the close election of 1800, was faulty: guaranteeing freedom and the rule of popular opinion could not ensure that citizens would respect one another's inalienable rights. The Civil War, suffrage for women, and the civil rights movement would, generations later, highlight this tension between the will of the people and the rights of minorities.

Diggins' Adams is a man whose reputation for snobbery and failure are wholly undeserved, and whose prescient modernism still holds valuable lessons for us as we strive to fulfill the Founding Fathers' vision of a fair republic and just society. He is, in Diggins' view, the president who comes closest to Plato's ideal of philosopher-king.

About the Author: John Patrick Diggins

John Patrick Diggins is one of our most featured and respected Education and Bios & Memoirs authors available on our website. With a total of 2 audiobooks in our collection on, such as John Adams and Ronald Reagan, you can enjoy over 22 hours of stories from John Patrick Diggins. John Adams was added to our online catalog in 2003, making it the oldest audiobook we carry from John Patrick Diggins. The audiobook, Ronald Reagan, is the latest of their audiobooks to be added to our collection. Though all of John Patrick Diggins's Education audiobooks can be enjoyed by our customers, Ronald Reagan is the most popular and bestselling audiobook sold on our site. To view the entire collection of 2 audiobooks, please visit their author page on John Patrick Diggins audiobooks.

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