First Family: Abigail and John Adams (Audiobook)
by Joseph J. Ellis and Kimberly Farr
English | 2010 | ISBN: 0739368745 | ASIN: B004995E2M | 11 hours and 31 minutes | MP3 64 kbps | 317 MB
The Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of Founding Brothers and His Excellency brings Americas preeminent first couple to life in a moving and illuminating narrative that sweeps through the American Revolution and the republics tenuous early years.
John and Abigail Adams left an indelible and remarkably preserved portrait of their lives together in their personal correspondence: both Adamses were prolific letter writers (although John conceded that Abigail was clearly the more gifted of the two), and over the years they exchanged more than 1,200 letters. Joseph J. Ellis distills this unprecedented and unsurpassed record to give us an account both intimate and panoramic; part biography, part political history, and part love story.
After they married, the couple were separated nearly as much as they were together. Johns political career took him first to Philadelphia, where he became the boldest advocate for the measures that would lead to the Declaration of Independence. Later he was sent to Paris, where he served as a minister to the court of France alongside Benjamin Franklin. These years apart stressed the Adamses union almost beyond what it could bear.
John was elected the nations first vice president, but by the time of his reelection, Abigails health prevented her from joining him in Philadelphia, the interim capital. She no doubt had further reservations about moving to the swamp on the Potomac when John became president, although this time he persuaded her.
President Adams inherited a weak and bitterly divided country from George Washington. The political situation was perilous at best, and he needed his closest advisor by his side: "I can do nothing," John told Abigail after his election, "without you."
In Elliss rich and striking new history, John and Abigails relationship unfolds in the context of Americas birth as a nation.