But Adams did not just read books. He battled them. The casual presumption that there is some kind of rough correlation between the books in the library of any prominent historical figure and the person’s cast of mind would encounter catastrophe with Adams, because he tended to buy and read book with which he profoundly disagreed. Then, as he read, he recorded in the margins and at the bottom of the pages his usually hostile opinions of the arguments and authors.... [T]he Adams marginalia constitute evidence more revealing of his convictions about political theory than any of his official publications.
German general; died at the Battle of Fort Mercer.
German general, served in America 1776—82.
German colonel, mortally wounded during the Battle of Trenton; 1726—76.
Hessian general in command of German and Indian forces during the Saratoga campaign; 1738—1800.
Continental Army general from Prussia; drilled the troops at Valley Forge; 1730—94.
Passionate Sage: The Character and Legacy of John Adams (1993)