Books: Heroic Revolutionist

SAM ADAMS—John C. Miller—Little, Brown ($4).

In the decade before the Revolutionary War, a group of well-born Massachusetts men, known as "the brace of Adamses," caused as much mischief to royal governors as any rebellious family in the provinces. Chief among them was a grey, palsied, austere, middle-aged man named Sam Adams, who was considered in his day the greatest fomenter of revolution in the world, the most hated, praised and feared leader of the colonists, and who has since been supplanted in historic significance by men famed chiefly as his tools at the...

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