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Phyllis Lee Levin

Autor(a) de Abigail Adams: A Biography

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About the Author

Phyllis Lee Levin is the author of several books, including Abigail Adams and Edith and Woodrow. She has been a reporter, editor, and columnist for The New York Times and lives in Manhattan.

Obras de Phyllis Lee Levin

Abigail Adams: A Biography (1987) 269 cópias, 3 resenhas
The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams (2015) 134 cópias, 28 resenhas
Edith and Woodrow: The Wilson White House (2001) 98 cópias, 1 resenha
The Wheels of Fashion (1965) 7 cópias


Conhecimento Comum




$20-$29. 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 III, among others--provide one of the best first-hand accounts of the American Revolution.
susangeib | outras 2 resenhas | Nov 2, 2023 |
Esta resenha foi escrita no âmbito dos Primeiros Resenhistas do LibraryThing.
Really detailed book about the youth of John Quincy Adams. He was a very well traveled and educated young man. The book includes many of his own letters and journal entries to provide a first hand glimpse of his life.
kkunker | outras 27 resenhas | Aug 25, 2015 |
An enthralling book about a fascinating character who felt driven to succeed due to parental expectations and his own nature. A world traveler by the age of sixteen it was none the less very sad to read what his sister wrote, "It is a very unpleasing idea to me, that a whole family, should grow up strangers to each other, as ours have done, yet it has been unavoidable, and will tis probable still continue so." He was impatient for success and its immediate lack often depressed him. He also voted with his fledgling country's best interests at heart rather than with his party's which made him enemies that weren't content just to see him out of office but wanted to see him personally ruined. He wound up being pushed into marrying Louisa Catherine Johnson whose father was on the verge of bankruptcy and trying to marry them off without dowry. She was fragile both mentally and physically and depending on how she was feeling her husband's greatest supporter of detractor. A very interesting man from a family that had its share of problems.… (mais)
lisa.schureman | outras 27 resenhas | Apr 30, 2015 |
Esta resenha foi escrita no âmbito dos Primeiros Resenhistas do LibraryThing.
This biography would probably be more interesting if you were more of a US history buff than I am. It's well researched, but Levin doesn't really do a good job of taking her many facts and telling a consistent story. JQA was, I think, a bit of an odd duck, but this book doesn't do a good job of capturing this. I learned that JQA's parents cared a lot about him and his education, but maybe put too much pressure on a young boy. One of the things that was interesting to me was how often family members, parents/children; spouses; were separated for long periods of time, with relatively little contact due to the slowness of the mail and of travel. Levin implies that this had an effect on JQA's relationships and character, but I think she could have done more to round this out.… (mais)
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banjo123 | outras 27 resenhas | Apr 10, 2015 |


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