Editor’s note: This is the second entry in the writer’s year-long project to read one book about each of the U.S. Presidents by Election Day 2016. You can also follow Marcus’ progress at the @44in52 Twitter account and with this 44 in 52 Spreadsheet.

Not all presidents are equal. One-term second president John Adams is certainly less equal than most. Still, one of the more overlooked Founding Fathers (hey, he doesn’t even get a speaking part in the hit musical Hamilton) managed to provide his best biographer with an utterly fascinating picture, a man cast in sharp relief to the behemoth he succeeded. Read more…

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44 books on 44 presidents: Welcome, folks, to the Adams administration