Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Someday I need to pull this one down off the shelf and re-read the section on Adams’ first trip across the Atlantic on the Boston with his son, John Quincy. Then I need to research it some more. Then I need to write about it. Write about it like my story about TR and Kermit on the River of Doubt, except I don’t think this one is a story. This one might be a novel. I know this is a book about John Adams, but looking back on the experience of reading it, one of the strongest indelible impressions it has left me with is of Thomas Jefferson, and what an insufferable hypocrite he must have been. He constantly said one thing and did another. Was he great because of that or in spite of that?