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For This . . . I’m Tempted to Get Cable

This mini-series (to begin this Sunday on HBO) causes me, for the first time in more than a decade, to wish I had cable. The John Adams mini-series looks terrific and is getting great praise from Michael Medved and--what’s more--from David McCullough who, of course, wrote the excellent book upon which it is based. That book, I notice, is now re-released with a cover to reflect its association with the series. I prefer the old cover with the real John Adams and not Paul Giamatti on the front . . . but if Giamatti (and producer, Tom Hanks) get more people to read this important biography, so much the better.

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I am hoping for a quick DVD promotion after the series ends on HBO.

Back in 1965 Irving Stone wrote a book called "Those Who Love," which was a work of historical fiction about John and Abigail Adams. It's not a true biography like McCullough's, but Stone's approach was to offer considerable historical detail, with dialogue often taken from actual letters written. It is a fine read for those who are interested in that period of our history.

Julie,

Although the material is mature, I would say that Deadwood, Rome, and the Wire are reasons to have cable too. Although, I am looking forward to watching the special you mention...in HD.

Don, the DVD can be preordered at HBO's website, but it won't be released until June 10...bummer.

My current events students read an article about the movie in Newsweek and they are honestly excited about seeing it. I have three different kids taping it (because we all know how teenagers are!)...I'm really anxious to see how the movie (and the kids reactions to it) turn out...

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