John Adams on HBO

Tom Hanks was at the Boston Public Library on Friday to host a sneak peek of his HBO seven-part series John Adams, based on the book by John McCullough. The series begins this Sunday, March 16.

Reviews are beginning to herald it:

New Yorker, 3/17, “The Divider

Typical of New Yorker, the reviewer uses the series as a pretext to write about Adams and Revolutionary history, with a few references to the actual show (which are positive).

Newsweeek, 3/8,”Battle Hems of the Republic

Somewhat bizarrely, this review begins by focusing on the costumes, while acknowledging that this was not a glamorous era (“Let’s admit it: democracy was not stylish.”) It then goes on to more substance, saying that the series offers “…the delicious sensation of eavesdropping on the birth of a nation.”

A tie-in edition is available from S&S. This is also a great opportunity to pull out and display the many books on the Founding Fathers & Mothers that have been published in the last few years.


  • Paperback: $20.00
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reissue edition (January 29, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 141657588X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416575887

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