By Joseph J. Ellis
A clean examine this astute, likably quirky statesman, via the writer of the Pulitzer Award-winning Founding Brothers and the nationwide publication Award profitable American Sphinx. "The most adorable and so much laughable, the warmest and probably the wisest of the founding fathers, John Adams knew himself as few males do and preserved his wisdom in a voluminous correspondence that also resonates. Ellis has used it with nice ability and conception not just to deliver us the guy, warts and all, yet extra importantly to bare his amazing insights into the issues confronting the founders that resonate this present day within the republic they created."—Edmund S. Morgan, Sterling Professor of historical past Emeritus, Yale college.
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This was what emperors did, apparently: they brought changes, choices, risks. Chung’s life had been quiet and easy and monumentally dull until the emperor came. Then even in the palace there was danger, even to a kitchen hand; and now— NOW THE soldiers and their wagons, their conscripts, their horses and mules and all else turned aside, to follow the new road that last mile or so to where the new palace was rising slowly on its hill. Chung had been there, he had seen the great workings, the mud and the labor and the endless spread of the encampment around.
He called it discipline, of course. Soldiers too lived under discipline, which was not easy—but a soldier can always run away. For the most part, his had not. Even as a young man he had valued that respect, and lost it. HE HAD BEEN a man of rank, high rank, known and trusted at the court. He had lost that. Any general’s reputation shines only as brightly as his last battle, of course; any general can lose a battle for any number of reasons that are not his fault. Li Ton had lost an impossible battle and depended, perhaps gambled, on the emperor’s justice when he returned to the Hidden City.
And then, in the face of Ma Lin’s stupefied silence, “Did you think we don’t talk to each other, hereabouts? Or listen to our husbands either? A woman alone, always seen on this road, asking for alms … This is our country, we know who comes and goes. And why. —and we are glad. ” This was a basket of woven bamboo, heavy with fresh noodles, in a sacking bag that held a pair of cabbages and garlic too. Ma Lin said nothing. But she took the bag. The woman said, “Come here in the mornings and there will always be one of us who comes to you with something.
Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams by Joseph J. Ellis