This is a series of letters written by John Adams to several different heads of state all over the world Many about their form of government and he seems to be defending the new constitution of the U.S to other world leaders It was a quick read as it is divided by letters not chapters All in all an enjoyable read, although I would have liked a littlebackground as to what was going on in history during the time each letter was written. I read this book as part of Goodreads First to Read program I found the book very enlightening and as a good base for understanding the basis of why the US adopted the type and form of constitution that she did. Interesting so far. Available for the first time in a modern and readable edition Preceding The Federalist by several years, this first volume of John Adams A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America is a profound work of political and governmental theoryWhat prompted Adams to write such a remarkable treatise was a letter, a letter exchanged between a French statesman and a Welsh philosopher, between Anne Robert Jacques Turgot and Dr Richard Price In his letter, Turgot criticized the constitutions of government that several of the American states had adopted since their separation from Great Britain In Turgot s view, their governments too much resembled the British government, with its king, lords and commons Turgot advocated a much simpler form of government, a government as democratic as possible, consisting of a single assembly of representatives Meanwhile, in America, the Congress established under the Articles of Confederation a single assembly with little check or balance was failing as the national government of the United States And to address the institutional failures of this single assembly government, the several states had appointed delegates to meet in convention at Philadelphia, to devise a perfect union Thus, Adams Defence, published in three volumes beginning in early , could not have been timely, for in addition to a vigorous defense of the several American constitutions, Adams also provided the Philadelphia delegates with a much needed reference manual on republican governments Inspired by events in Europe and influencing events in America, Adams extensive work is a partial history of man s eternal struggle to control power, and can serve for all time as a guidebook on the means to keep a people free