I love the founding fathers. With all their faults, they were well rounded intellects that had the vision to create a modern world and change government forever. But one fella is always left out of the pack. A gruff, brutally honest and ethically noble man who, with advisement from the woman who was his best friend, closest confidant and adored wife, would drive this nation to independence. Unlike many societies after revolution, he would help it cling to it's founding ideals.
HE IS JOHN ADAMS and he is unlikable, vain and without charisma, but his deep love of ethical ideas and his acknowledgment that people needed laws to keep order and not fall into a rationalized violent quagmire, makes him, perhaps the most fascinating founding father of them all. The only founding father who never owned slaves (this was on principal, not opportunity) John Adams was the architect of it all.
HBO and Tom Hanks have brought us a 7 part series starring Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney as John and Abigail Adams. I think it's remarkable and very, very real.
Take a look...