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March 17, 2008

John Adams HBO Mini-Series


John Adams mini series Website

A miniseries on the life of John Adams and the first 50 years of the United States.

When Hollywood's movie-makers and docu-dramatists get their hands on American history, accuracy, reality and truth often are tortured beyond recognition. It is by all accounts a high-quality, historically accurate and meticulously faithful adaptation of super-historian David McCullough's blockbuster 2001 book of the same name.

The seven-part, nine-hour mini-series "John Adams." Co-executive produced by Tom Hanks, starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney as John and Abigail Adams, it is by all accounts a high-quality, historically accurate and meticulously faithful adaptation of super-historian David McCullough's blockbuster 2001 book of the same name. McCullough, whose 2005 best-seller "1776" is also in development by HBO, is a two-time winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

Wild Thing's comment........

As most of you know I am always off of the computer in the evenings so I can spend time with Nick. Then I come back on late to do posts for the next day and reply to comments of the day if I have not done so yet.

Last night Nick told me about a mini-series that might be worth checking out. They aired the first two hours of John Adams and will repeat last nights shows the restof this week. Then air a a chapter each Sunday night till the 7 chapters have been aired.

I have to tell you it was one of the best things I have seen in a very long time. There was no re-writing of history, no lies about what happened. It left both Nick and I with tears in our eyes at the courage, determination and conviction of John Adams, George Washington and others.

If you have HBO it is well worth watching. McCullough’s “John Adams” and “1776” are two of the best books on the American Revolution that I have ever read. And this series did not let me down.

None were cardboard cutouts. All had virtues as well as warts, but what they accomplished, both individually and collectively was amazing. McCullough manages to capture the people and the times.

Interesting note on this. McCullough initially set out to do a book on Jefferson but in the course of his research naturally came across much correspondence from Adams and realized he really didn't know much about the man. McCullough switched topics and spent nearly a decade reading every letter written to, from, or about Adams in that time. In the end, he abandoned the Jefferson book because he found Adams to be the more interesting of the two men.

Posted by Wild Thing at March 17, 2008 01:47 AM


After 231-years, what took them soooooo long? Love Samual Adams beers. Go to David Bolton and Rick Green's archives: and read all about our 250 patriot forefathers!
Also, daily on the radio at 12:30 PM.

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at March 17, 2008 04:44 AM

It is really good. We all sat down and watched it and discussed it. David Morse is George Washington. Paul Giamatti does a great job as John Adams and it's nice to see how well Abigail did while he was gone.
I can't wait to see the rest of the episodes and I sure hope it comes out on DVD.
It's about time we started making movies our kids can watch and learn from.

Posted by: Lynn at March 17, 2008 05:06 AM

I bought and read McCullough's book on Adams when it first came out. A FASCINATING read into the mindset of great men back then...who risked everything for a dream.

And today our country i filled with ungrateful wretches who have no concept of sacrifice and personal peril for freedom.

Posted by: vilmar at March 17, 2008 05:48 AM

Darth, thanks for the url's.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 17, 2008 11:32 PM

Lynn, I am thrilled that you saw it too. I hated for the evening to end. Nick felt the same way. We are looking forward to the whole thing. I agree I hope it comes out in DVD.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 17, 2008 11:38 PM

Vilmar we were thinking about that while watching it, how much has changed in our country and not for the better.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 17, 2008 11:43 PM