54 min 36 sec
Joseph J. Ellis
Richard Brookhiser (Moderator)
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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Join us for a riveting discussion of America’s preeminent first couple, whose story is equal parts biography, political history, and love story. In more than 50 years of political and personal partnership, John and Abigail Adams strategized over civic and foreign affairs as often as they discussed their children. Their remarkable connection is epitomized in words he wrote to her after his election to the presidency: “I can do nothing without you.” Joseph J. Ellis, in conversation with Richard Brookhiser, examines the Adams marriage in all its complexity, richness, triumph, and sorrow.

Joseph J. Ellis is the Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Founding Brothers and the National Book Award for American Sphinx. His latest book is First Family: Abigail and John Adams. Richard Brookhiser (MODERATOR) is a senior editor at the National Review and author of nine books, including Alexander Hamilton, American, and most recently, Right Time, Right Place.

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