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Reading recommendation: Samuel Adams, A Life

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Founding Father Samuel Adams was in the history books in school when I was a girl but I never thought of him one way or another. Samuel Adams: A Life by Ira Stoll draws a picture of an energetic, outgoing, bombastic evangelizer, patriot, and royal pain in the neck to his proper cousin, John Adams, as well as many others, but a hero to people fed up with the presence of the Red Coats. I really like this book.