1. Describe John Adams.
John Adams was a lawyer, farmer, and a Harvard graduate. He was the husband of Abigail Smith Adams, father of four children, portly but fit, plain dressed - and a revolutionary. He loved family, farm, books, and writing. He angered and forgave quickly. He cared deeply for friends, and he was kind-hearted, brilliant, independent and frugal. He was honest about his ambition to succeed in life. A Christian and an independent thinker, he was a student of human foibles, well read in classic and modern literature.
2. Where is Adams headed when the book opens?
Adams and companion Joseph Bass were heading to General George Washington's headquarters at a time when army enlistments were running out and replacements hard to find. The force was undermanned and poorly supplied and smallpox raged. George Washington had never commanded so large a force. Facing staff opposition to an all-out attack on Boston, Washington sought Adams' confirmation that his authority covered all American forces.
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