I really didn't know much about John Adams before I started reading this book.
I knew that he was a 'founding father' and helped write the declaration of independence and was the second president.
Beyond that, I didn't know much.
John Adams seems to have both needed and deplored political success. He was a crotchety man who always complained about 'the passions' and keeping them under control
He was known for incredible outbursts of anger and he was not an easy person to work with in the Continental Congress. He has a bad mark in history (unjustified perhaps) for leaving the White House on the night before the inauguration of Thomas Jefferson.
All these faults however could not outweigh the impact his great mind had on the founding of this country and the construction of its government.