THE NOTES below are both more and less than a conventional scholarly account of the sources used in writing this book. They are more, because I have tried to register my personal positions on the major arguments encountered in attempting to assess the meaning of Adams's life. Which is to say that the endnotes are also meant, on occasion, to serve as a bibliographic essay. They are less, because I have not tried to list all the secondary sources consulted, which would have burdened the book with more citations than any reasonable reader would find sensible. I have cited those major secondary works and those titles that had a decided impact on my thinking. And I have tried to cite all primary sources from which I quote in the text. As per scholarly custom, the full citation is provided when first encountered, then an abbreviated version is used thereafter.
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Publication information: Book title: Passionate Sage:The Character and Legacy of John Adams. Contributors: Joseph J. Ellis - Author. Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2001. Page number: Not available.
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