The Portable John Adams

The Portable John Adams

Introduction by: Jack Diggins

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  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781440650963
  • 576 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


In addition to being an uncompromising defender of liberty, esteemed diplomat, and successor to George Washington, John Adams was a passionate and prolific writer. Adams biographer John Patrick Diggins gathers an impressive variety of his works in this compact, original volume, including parts of his diary and autobiography, and selections from his rich correspondence with this wife, Abigail, Thomas Jefferson, and others. The Portable John Adams also features his most important political works: “A Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law,” “Thoughts on Government,” “A Defense of Constitutions,” “Novanglus,” and “Discources in Davila.” There is no finer introduction to the protean genius of this seminal American philosopher.
  • First time in Penguin Classics


Table of Contents

The Portable John AdamsIntroduction

1. Diary and Autobiography
2. Correspdondence of John and Abigail Adams
3. Earliest Writings
4. A Dissertation on Canon and Feudal Law
5. “Thoughts on Government”
6. Novanglus
7. A Defense of the Constitutions of the United States of America
8. Discourses on Davila
9. Correspondence of John and Abigail Adams with Thomas Jefferson

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