Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Restless Patriot: Feeling Generous!

John Adams is one of my most favorite series in a long, long, long time!  I've watched it many times.  It's a seven-part series, where basically you "live through" the birth of America through John Adams' eyes.

I've reviewed it before here and on my Restless Patriot website.  It's just excellent all the way around!

Here is the editorial review from the Amazon.com website:

Editorial Reviews


Based on David McCullough's bestselling biography, the HBO miniseries John Adams is the furthest thing from a starry-eyed look at America's founding fathers and the brutal path to independence. Adams (Paul Giamatti), second president of the United States, is portrayed as a skilled orator and principled attorney whose preference for justice over anti-English passions earns enemies. But he also gains the esteem of the first national government of the United States, i.e., the Continental Congress, which seeks non-firebrands capable of making a reasoned if powerful case for America's break from England's monarchy. The first thing one notices about John Adams' dramatizations of congress' proceedings, and the fervent pro-independence violence in the streets of Boston and elsewhere, is that America's roots don't look pretty or idealized here. Some horrendous things happen in the name of protest, driving Adams to push the cause of independence in a legitimate effort to get on with a revolutionary war under the command of George Washington. But the process isn't easy: not every one of the 13 colonies-turned-states is ready to incur the wrath of England, and behind-the-scenes negotiations prove as much a part of 18th century congressional sessions as they do today.Besides this peek into a less-romanticized version of the past, John Adams is also a story of the man himself. Adams' frustration at being forgotten or overlooked at critical junctures of America's early development--sent abroad for years instead of helping to draft the U.S. constitution--is detailed. So is his dismay that the truth of what actually transpired leading to the signing of the Declaration of Independence has been slowly forgotten and replaced by a rosier myth. But above all, John Adams is the story of two key ties: Adams' 54-year marriage to Abigail Adams (Laura Linney), every bit her husband's intellectual equal and anchor, and his difficult, almost symbiotic relationship with Thomas Jefferson (Stephen Dillane) over decades. Giamatti, of course, has to carry much of the drama, and if he doesn't always seem quite believable in the series' first half, he becomes increasingly excellent at the point where an aging Adams becomes bitter over his place in history. Linney is marvelous, as is Dillane, Sarah Polley as daughter Nabby, Danny Huston as cousin Samuel Adams, and above all Tom Wilkinson as a complex but indispensable Ben Franklin. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

John Adams is a sprawling HBO miniseries event that depicts the extraordinary life and times of one of Americas least understood, and most underestimated, founding fathers: the second President of the United States, John Adams. Starring Paul Giamatti (Sideways, Cinderella Man, HBOs American Spendor) in the title role and Laura Linney (You Can Count on Me, Kinsey) as Adams devoted wife Abigail, John Adams chronicles the extraordinary life journey of one of the primary shapers of our independence and government, whose legacy has often been eclipsed by more flamboyant contemporaries like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin. Set against the backdrop of a nations stormy birth, this sweeping miniseries is a moving love story, a gripping narrative, and a fascinating study of human nature. Above all, at a time when the nation is increasingly polarized politically, this story celebrates the shared values of liberty and freedom upon which this country was built.

If you have not seen it, you will enjoy it, especially if you love history and you love your country.  

And I'm feeling generous! 

I want to give this DVD set  away!  

Yes, I love it so much I want you to see it, too!  And all you have to do is enter your name, tell a favorite quote from a founding father, and what state you read me from, making SURE that I have an email address for you to notify you if I draw YOUR NAME! 

All you must do to enter is:

  1. Leave a favorite quote from our founding fathers.
  2. Leave your first name.
  3. Leave your email address if it's not already stored in your comment information.  
  4. Tell what state you read me from.
I apologize, but due to postal prices, I must limit this contest to the continental United States only.  Thank you for understanding.  

Good luck to all entrants! 

I love my readers and I love my country!

DRAWING ENDS:  April 24th!  

God Bless America!


Mary Ann Potter said...

One of my favorite quotations from our Founding Fathers is actually from John Adams himself; I've read McCollugh's biography of this great man, and here's what it says at the beginning of chapter 11:

This phrase, "rejoice evermore: shall never be out of my heart, memory, or mouth again as long as I live, if I can help it.

The book is absolutely wonderful, and writing out this quote has made me want to read it again. This is a man who lived to honor the Lord and his country. I praise God for men like this!

My name is Mary Ann. My e mail address is maryannpotter@gmail.com, and I live in North Carolina.

Susie said...

This is a great giveaway! I'm not entering I have this DVD series and love it. I've watched and re-watched it. I highly recommend it and applaud you for sharing.
I would like to share one of my favorite Founding Father quotes which makes me cringe a little in light of today's standards in our country.

"Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." John Adams

How true.
Susie at Puddle Jumper Creations

Marydon said...

During the constitution convention all attendees took an oath to keep the proceedings secret. At the conclusion Famous quote of founding father ~
When Benjamin Franklin came out of the meting room someone asked him, 'what kind of a government do we have'. Benjamin Franklin said 'you have a republic, if you can keep it.'

What a fabulous giveaway. We'd love it,Joni.

Have a beautiful eve ~

Karen~The Barely There Primitive Bear said...

"Give me liberty or give me death"
Patrick Henry....

I'm Karen

You can click on my blog, above and email me from the front of it, for I don't like putting my email address on blogs.

I am in Oklahoma.

I have wanted to see this for a long time, so I hope I win! Thanks Jonie.

Bear Hugs & Blessings~Karen

ohiofarmgirl said...

I only regret that I have only one life to give for my country!!
Dianntha from Ohio

I am so excited to see this...I have not seen it yet...but I adore history!

BumbleBeeLane said...

"But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever."~ John Adams

I love historical movies.Warm Blessings!~Amy from PA

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite quotes:
"The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next."

~ Abraham Lincoln
This is why I believe in home schooling. Did it with two of my kids, and now assist in schooling two of my grandbabies!
My name is Debbie and I live in SC. LOVE your site. And I have not seen the video series. Would LOVE to have it! Have a great day!

Becka said...

A favorite quote of mine is from Abraham Lincoln.

“Here in my heart, my happiness, my house.
Here inside the lighted window is my love, my hope, my life.
Peace is my companion on the pathway winding to the threshold.
Inside this portal dwells new strength in the security, serenity, and radiance of those I love above life itself.
Here two will build new dreams--dreams that tomorrow will come true.
The world over, these are the thoughts at eventide when footsteps turn ever homeward.
In the haven of the hearthside is rest and peace and comfort.”
― Abraham Lincoln

hugs- Becka
Northern California

mary from michigan said...

"Let us therefore rely on the goodness of the cause and the aid of the Supreme Being, in whose hands victory is, to animate and encourage us to great and noble actions." --George Washington

I follow this blog from Michigan, USA. My e-mail address is;

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a8383 said...

My husband LOVED this book- what a great Father's Day gift! The founding fathers were so wise- not like today's bozos- it is hard to pick just one quote. But how about the following by John Hancock: ""Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual. ... Continue steadfast and, with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us." Angela

a8383 said...

Oooh I forgot- I am GA and my email is kbrownpa@hotmail.com. Thanks Joni!

Dianne said...

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.-Thomas Jefferson

I (Dianne) read your blog in Alabama.

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

Thank you for your generosity. I have not seen this but have heard rave reviews.
I have so many favorite Founding Fathers quotes. But here's one from James Madison.
"Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government."
Karin in New York State

Anonymous said...

Given the current political climate, this quote from George Washington seems appropriate!

'To contract new debts is not the way to pay old ones.'

(GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to James Welch, Apr. 7, 1799)

Barbara from SC

Christy said...

Hello! My name is Christy and I read your lovely blog from my happy little home in Iowa.

It's difficult to pick one favorite, but here is the one I'll submit. This particular quote isn't so much about politics as it is about living a life full of worthy activity; but I think that's a great reminder (to me at least).
"Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time, who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done, if we are always doing. And that you may be always doing good, my dear, is the ardent prayer of yours affectionately."

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Martha Jefferson, May 5, 1787

you can reach me via email at hutchisurls@hotmail.com

Stephanie said...

I'm reading from Ohio, and would love to win this set.

"How many observe Christ's birth-day! How few, his precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments."

Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1743

Email: kuntrybumpkin7(at)yahoo(dot)com

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TanasiGirl said...

Hello! I'm Beth, a Tennesseean-transplanted-to-Virginia. I've never commented on
your blog before, but I have
been enjoying reading it for a
while! I love the Revolutionary period of history and I couldn't resist sharing one of my own
favorite quotes from the Revolution. It's from the prayer of Reverend Samuel Doak, just before the Battle of King's Mountain.

"Oh, God of Battle, arise in Thy
might. Avenge the slaughter of Thy
people. Confound those who plot for
our destruction. Crown this mighty
effort with victory, and smite
those who exalt themselves against
liberty and justice and truth.
Help us as good soldiers to wield
the Sword of the Lord and of Gideon! Amen."

Thanks for letting us share!

Magnolia Tea said...

Thanks for the enlightenment on
John Adams! This is a great giveaway! This is one of my
favorite quotes from Thomas Jefferson:

"Let those flatter, who fear: it is not an American art."

Toni from Tennessee