Gleeves Whitney explains the intellectual and political significance of our nation's second president, John Adams, over at The Imaginative Conservate: American Founding -- John Adams (Part 1). Whitney does an excellent job of charting the rise in interest in John Adams' life and work. In Part 2, Whitney explores Adams' strengths and weaknesses as a lawyer, politician, and statesman.
Adams is one of the most under-rated leaders in our nation's history, and his life and work provide numerous examples of paths both to be taken and avoided in the tangled jungle of public life. A conservative thinker with perhaps the finest mind of the Founding Era, Adams is well worth studying. Russell Kirk understood this well when he included Adams in his groundbreaking work on conservative intellectual history, The Conservative Mind.