(Bancroft Prize Winner) A finalist for the National Book Award with Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution, as well as a scion of a Virginia political family, Woody Holton offers this superb biography of one of our country's Founding Mothers. Holton gives a sweeping reinterpretation of Abigail Adams' life story and of women's roles in the creation of the republic. Using previously overlooked documents from numerous archives, Abigail Adams shows that the wife of the second president of the United States was far more charismatic, more influential, and more radical than historians have realized.
"Holton ... allows Abigail's voice to radiate off the page; the biography grips the reader from the beginning tale of Abigail writing her own will. A wonderful book for revolutionary history buffs, women's studies majors, and biography lovers."—Library Journal (starred review)