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copyright 1957; The Macmillan Company publishers, New York; Book-Of-The-Month Club selection; hardbound in terra cotta red and tan boards with ship design on front and black lettering alone spine; very good condition; pictoral dust jacket quite good.


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There are two charming heroines in this book -- Abigail Adams and Lady Hester Chatham. There is an English nobleman who cannot be classified as a villain, but who is certainly a secret emissary -- Edward Humbird, 6th Earl of Hemynge. There is a stupid Prime Minister -- Lord North, who serves an equally foolish master, George III of England. There are two heroes, men of widely different backgrounds, but both of extraordinary character -- John Adams of Massachusetts, and William Pitt, Lord Chatham.


The year is 1770, and the scene moves from London to Boston and back again to London. Out of these characters, all of whom except Lord Hemynge and his secretary Guiseppe Tompkins are figures of history, the author has spun an , a recreation of history as it might have happened. For if Lord North had had the gift of high audacity, if Abigail Adams had not been the perfect wife she was, if John Adams had not possessed a fierce integrity -- history might have taken a different course. Nicholas Wyckoff is gifted with a sense of humor, a distinguished style, and an historic imagination which deepens and makes vivid every page.

THE BRAINTREE MISSION by Nicholas E. Wyckoff

SKU: BS43q
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