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CLS Book Club — The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams

March 22, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am


If there was any leader of the Revolution, Thomas Jefferson once asserted, “Samuel Adams was the man.” For his part, John Adams thought his cousin “the most sagacious politician” of all. Intrigued? Excellent!

Join us for the next gathering of The CLS Book Club, during which we will discuss this very figure via our latest pick, The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams. Written by Pulitzer Prize–winner Stacy Schiff, this revelatory biography of arguably the most essential Founding Father centers on the inner character of the man whose influence his peers couldn’t help but acknowledge, as well as the ideals that drove Adams to stand behind the change in thinking that produced the American Revolution.

With high-minded ideals and bare-knuckle tactics, Adams led what could be called the greatest campaign of civil resistance in American history, and Schiff returns Adams to his seat of glory, introducing us to the shrewd, eloquent, and intensely disciplined man who supplied the moral backbone of the American Revolution. A singular figure at a singular moment, Adams packaged and amplified the Boston Massacre. He helped to mastermind the Boston Tea Party. He employed every tool in an innovative arsenal to rally a town, a colony, and eventually a band of colonies behind him, creating the cause that created a country. For his efforts he became the most wanted man in America: When Paul Revere rode to Lexington in 1775, it was to warn Samuel Adams that he was about to be arrested for treason.

In The Revolutionary, Schiff brings her masterful skills to Adams’s improbable life, illuminating his transformation from aimless son of a well-off family to tireless, beguiling radical who mobilized the colonies. Arresting, original, and deliriously dramatic, this is a long-overdue chapter in the history of our nation.

A New York Times bestseller, The Revolutionary has received widespread acclaim from publications such as the New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and Air Mail, among others. In addition, former President Barack Obama and Oprah have both listed it as one of their favorite books of 2022. 

This event is free, but an RSVP is required. To register, fill out the form at the bottom of this page. 

To purchase your copy of The Revolutionary: Samuel Adams from our friends at Buxton Books, click here.


March 22, 2023
10:30 am - 11:30 am


Charleston Library Society
164 King Street
Charleston, SC 29401 United States
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