'John Adams' Book Popularity Soars
Aug. 07, 2001
NEW YORK (AP) _ John Adams, the president, was so unpopular he couldn't get re-elected. ``John Adams,'' the book, is so popular that copies in print have already reached 1 million.
``I was hopeful we'd sell a million copies by Christmas. I dare say we may surpass that,'' David Rosenthal, executive vice president and publisher of Simon & Schuster, said in a statement Monday.
Written by David McCullough, the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Harry Truman, ``John Adams'' was released in late May and quickly topped best seller lists around the country. The 700-page book is highly sympathetic to the second president, and supporters of Adams in Congress and elsewhere hope it will build support for an Adams family monument in Washington, D.C.
Adams served one contentious term as president and was defeated in 1800 by Thomas Jefferson.