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The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams

Written by: Stacy Schiff
Narrated by: Jason Culp
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Publisher's Summary

Thomas Jefferson once asserted that "for depth of purpose, zeal, and sagacity, no man in Congress exceeded, if any equaled, Sam Adams." John Adams called him "the most elegant writer, the most sagacious politician, and celebrated patriot perhaps of all." But in spite of his celebrated status among America's founding fathers as a revolutionary leader, Samuel Adams' life and achievements have been largely overshadowed in the history books.

Now, in The Revolutionary Samuel Adams, Stacy Schiff brings her masterful skill as historian and storyteller to the life of Samuel Adams, examining his transformation from the listless, failing son of a wealthy family into the tireless, silver-tongued revolutionary, who rallied the likes of John Hancock and John Adams behind him. Gripping and revelatory, this book is a long-overdue chapter in the history of the American Revolution.

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©2022 Stacy Schiff (P)2022 Little, Brown & Company

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  • Charles
  • 02-11-22

The revolutionary

Sam Adams was so different from his cousin, John Adams. It is interesting, how this important propagandist for the revolution could not fit into governing the country of the United States. His wife put up with a lot from him with his insistence on subsistence living. However, it was reassuring how much he was certain that women should be as educated as men. He was an irritating original for all the other founding fathers.

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  • Actuality
  • 31-10-22

Not loving this.

I will finish this book because I should know more about Samuel Adams. But it’s tedious, lacking in any of the personal details that bring historical figures to life. He’s on his second wife, and I still don’t feel like I know the first. Women don’t count much for this author. I also don’t care for the narrator. Thin, high pitched voice. Give me bass.

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  • Paul Klee
  • 01-02-23

Excellently presented story

I grew up just outside of boston and pride myself on an immersion into its history. But I was woefully ignorant of the pivotal role of Sam Adams in the lead up to Lexington and concord. A genuine eye opener. Highly recommended.

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  • Maren Levad
  • 31-01-23

Well Researched Plod through History

I read this for a book club and typically enjoy NF and history. This was an absolute slog, not a moment of excitement or revelation. If you are doing research on Sam Adams, read it. Otherwise feel free to pass.

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  • Betsy Fowler
  • 29-01-23

The forgotten career of Samuel Adams

This book is well written (if you overlook its occasional sarcastic tone and 21st century metaphors) and utterly engrossing. Much is owed to the excellent narration of Jason Culp; the text is full of quotations, which he cleverly and subtly indicates with a change in his excellent voice. A must-read for fans of early US history.

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  • Ashley Belnap
  • 26-01-23

Hard to follow

I’m a history teacher and yet I just couldn’t get into this book. Was it a book on Sam Adams or on Thomas Hutchinson???

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  • Emilie
  • 25-01-23

Moments of interest

There truly are great moments of interest that kept me from just setting the book aside as a good effort. However, I also found myself often having to go back nearly a chapter because I would find my mind wondering and couldn't remember when I stopped paying attention.

I enjoy history and politics, but this was very much a book I "just got through to finish it," rather than find myself engaged by.

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  • VM
  • 23-01-23

A brilliant and unexpected story

Stacy Schiff’s exquisite writing brings Samuel Adams to life. Frankly, his name was most notable as a beer before reading this book! I highly recommend it!

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  • Sarah M Celentano
  • 23-01-23

Get the hard copy instead.

This book is absolutely unbearable to listen to. I am reading Schiff’s other book The Witches: Salem, 1692 and very much enjoying it. Look forward to reading the hard copy of this one because the topic is interesting and I love her thoroughly researched, engaging, prolific writing style. This is just :::horribly::: narrated.

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  • Andre V.
  • 22-01-23

Lifeless rambling

I expected to be immersed in history, and instead, I was subjected to a patchwork of facts loosely tied together. Somehow Adams shows up and is linked to historical events. I could not finish...

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  • Simpson from Oz
  • 13-01-23

Riveting Biography

A must read. This engaging exposition of America’s greatest patriot gives new insight into the role he played and his true legacy.