by Stacy Schiff
Reviewed by Linda:Should we celebrate Samuel Adams or condemn him? At the very least we can now get to know him thanks to Pulitzer-Prize-winning biographer Stacy Schiff. And he is nothing like the figure you may remember from schoolbooks. Yes, he was hotheaded and devoted to the cause of liberty. But he was also manipulative, comfortable with spreading lies, with innumerable dirty tricks up his sleeve. British officials were convinced that he alone was responsible for creating propaganda that led to the rebellious spirit in Boston, which he then spread throughout the colonies. After reading this book, you may also feel that without Samuel Adams, the American colonies might have taken years longer to separate from the mother country. An amazing account of how one man shaped a crucial chapter in American history.